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Site of Harriet Tubman’s Lost Maryland Home Found

Harriet Tubman, photographed around 1911. Tubman was a conductor for the Underground Railroad and helped liberate about 70 people from enslavement. Archaeologists believe they have found the site of Tubman’s childhood home in Maryland. Photo: Library of Congress

By Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post

Harriet Tubman’s lost Maryland home found, archaeologists say

Archaeologist Julie Schablitsky found the coin with her metal detector along an old, abandoned road in an isolated area of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She dug it out of the ground and scraped off the mud.

She hadn’t been finding much as she and her team probed the swampy terrain of Dorchester County last fall searching for the lost site where the famous Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman lived with her family in the early 1800s.

She’d been frustrated that there had been no hint that she was anywhere near the home of Tubman’s father, Ben Ross. But as she cleaned the coin, the profile of a woman with flowing hair, and wearing a cap that said, “Liberty,” emerged. At the bottom was the date: 1808.

Tuesday morning state and federal officials announced that Schablitsky, guided in part by the coin, believes she has found the site where Tubman lived with her parents and several siblings during formative teenage years before she escaped enslavement.

It was the spot, experts said, where a long-vanished cabin stood, which had served for a time as Tubman’s family home.

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