The life and legacy of one of the Underground Railroad’s most important engineers will be the topic of discussion at Converse College Thursday (Sept. 23) at 7 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall.
Sponsored by the Southern Association for Women Historians, noted historian Dr. Catherine Clinton will speak about Harriet Tubman, a runaway slave from Maryland who became known as the “Moses of her people.” Tubman (1820-1913), is credited with leading hundreds of slaves to freedom over a 10 year span via the Underground Railroad, a secret network of safe houses for runaway slaves on their journey north to freedom. Tubman also became a leader in the abolitionist movement, and during the Civil War she was a nurse as well as a spy for the federal forces in South Carolina.
A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Clinton is author of 25 books including Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom. Her books will be available and a book signing will follow her discussion.