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Port Royal goes back in time with Harriet Tubman

Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:41 am

Cleopatra Coleman portrays Harriet Tubman on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Port Royal Museum of American History. Coleman said Tubman always carried a walking stick, Bible and pistol.

Sitting at a table is a small-in-stature woman, dressed in a black dress with a white head wrap and a shawl with a golden leaf pin placed in the area of her chest.

Round creamy pearl earrings were in her ears. Part of this woman’s wardrobe was a cane, a Bible and a strength that was unmatched.

“Now hold on if you going to take my picture,” Harriet Tubman reenactor Cleopatra Coleman said. “I have to have a solemn look. There is no picture of Harriet smiling.”

On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Port Royal Museum of American History presented Harriet Tubman as part of its celebration of Black History Month.

Coleman has taken on the persona of Tubman and travels to various schools, churches, historical societies and programs to provide the rich history of the historic African American woman.

“I have read almost anything you can find about the soul,” Coleman said.

Throughout the program, Coleman would break in and out of character when explaining the heroic efforts of Tubman.

Coleman expressed that Tubman learned of the Underground Railroad from the Quakers, the Methodist and slaves. She was given instructions to run at night and sleep during the day, and to leave on a Saturday in the fall or winter because she would not be missed until Monday.

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