Last Saturday, the City of Baltimore, having removed several secessionist statues the previous March, re-dedicated that section of the park to Harriet Tubman; escaped slave, Underground Railroad “conductor”, and courageous volunteer to the Union Army during the Civil War. She risked life and limb in working to defeat the Confederate forces, and later went on to advocating for women’s right to vote.
Recently, I remember seeing a letter to the editor in a local newspaper that called for just such a realignment of our respect for the history of our country.
Harriet Tubman was born into, what the February 2, 1861 Texas Declaration of Causes (in their Articles of Secession) called “…their beneficent and patriarchal system of African slavery… [one] of the plainest revelations of the Divine Law.” It goes on to say, “…that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is…the revealed will of the Almighty Creator.”
Never forget what that war was about.
Congratulations to the citizens of Baltimore. It is past time for all Americans to recognize who the people are that deserve to be honored. Americans, like Harriet Tubman.