Harriet Tubman's father's home discovered by archeologists in Maryland

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"This discovery adds to another puzzle piece to the story of Harriet Tubman, the state of Maryland and our nation," Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford said.

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Also from the AP:

Archaeologists in Maryland say they believe they have found the homesite of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s father.

The homesite of Ben Ross was found on property acquired last year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an addition to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, officials said Tuesday. An archaeology team led by the State Highway Administration conducted research that led to the find.

Archaeologist Julie Schablitsky described the finding as a connection to Tubman.

“She would’ve spent time here as a child, but also she would’ve come back and been living here with her father in her teenage years, working alongside him,” Schablitsky said in a news release. “This was the opportunity she had to learn about how to navigate and survive in the wetlands and the woods. We believe this experience was able to benefit her when she began to move people to freedom.”


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Harriet around the time of her exploits as seen in the rare CDV image auctioned by Swann Galleries.