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Escaped slave turned slave rescuer turned plantation-torching Union spymaster, she was part Moses, part Joan of Arc, part Spider-Man.
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Here they’re watching one of the gunboats she led up the river burn down a plantation. Harriet herself sits with a newspaper concealing the pistol she carried everywhere – as she often used newspapers as distractions.
In the background, one of the escaped slaves is carrying a surly pig, a callback to the story of the pigs Jefferson Davis and Beauregard being brought on board.
In the foreground is a chicken, referencing Tubman’s propensity to lead some around to help her not get caught.
The chest that the chicken is sitting on is hiding another escaped slave – as Tubman would often help secret them away all over to avoid detection.