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Tubman Photo Sells For $161,000

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Abolitionist Harriet Tubman could never have imagined what happened yesterday.

An early photo of her was sold at auction for $161-thousand at the Swann Galleries in New York.

It had been expected to only sell for at most $30-thousand.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the buyer was Lion Heart Autograph based in Manhattan.

The photo of famed Underground Rail conductor was taken in the late 1860’s and shows her sitting in a floor length dress – an arm resting on the back of a chair staring into the camera.

It was part of an album of prominent abolitionist figures that came into the possession of an educator and philanthropist Emily Howland in the late 1800’s.

A New York couple discovered the photo and paid $250.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.