19th Amendment Harriet Tubman Notecard
19th Amendment Historical Notecard
Created by Meneese Wall, a graphic artist and designer from Santa Fe, NM. Her unique and beautifully designed artwork celebrates the women, quotes, events and memorabilia that defined the suffrage movement. Meneese developed a series of iconic images in commemoration of the passing of the 19th Amendment. The notecards feature a striking illustration and text on the back that describes its historical significance.
Harriet Tubman (née Araminta “Minty” Ross) was born into slavery in eastern Maryland around 1821. Hers was a life of countless hardships and cruelty. At 5 or 6 years old, Minty was hired out to watch over a white woman’s baby as it slept. Whenever the baby cried, Minty would be severely whipped. As a teen, she was hit in the head with a 2-pound weight thrown by an overseer at another slave standing nearby. The blow cracked Minty’s skull, injuring her brain and causing lifelong narcolepsy and temporal lobe epilepsy.
As an adult, she changed her name to her mother’s, Harriet. In 1844, she married John Tubman, a free black man. Later that year, she escaped to freedom for fear of being sold to raise money to pay off debts following her owner’s death. Her husband did not join her. The neighboring county had a sizable Quaker community who provided refuge to runaway slaves and helped them navigate the Underground Railroad to freedom in Philadelphia.
Harriet Tubman worked for the Union Army as a scout, spy, leader, and nurse. During the Civil War, she helped free hundreds more slaves. In 1869, she married Union Army veteran Nelson Davis. Tubman never let her illiteracy keep her from making speeches for women’s suffrage rights and abolition. When asked about how many slaves she helped to freedom, she said, “I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”
The above excerpt is from the brief historical background printed on the back of each notecard describing its significance within the struggle for women to win the right to vote. These are the copyrighted writings of Meneese Wall and are submitted for the online use of the New Jersey State Museum Shop, to accompany Meneese’s artwork. No other use of these writings is permitted, in print or online.
Notecards are 5” x 7” with a white envelope and protective plastic sleeve.
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