Harriet Tubman Enamel Pin
- National Archives Store Exclusive
- Approximately 1 1/2 X 1 inch
This enamel pin is the perfect addition to your lapel, hat, scarf or bag, to show your appreciation for the dedication to lifelong work of incredible American woman Harriet Tubman. Carefully constructed by hand this pin is exclusive to the National Archives Store and is part of our enamel pin collection.
In the early 1830s, the term Underground Railroad came into use as the system that led enslaved African Americans to freedom. Harriet Tubman was one of the most well known conductors on the railroad who once she escaped slavery, helped hundreds of others to escape. As an abolitionist, suffragist, Civil War nurse, commander, and freedom agent, Tubman’s contribution to the causes of universal freedom and equality rank her among the nation’s most significant agents of change.
After the war Tubman received a widow’s pension, later petitioning Congress for additional benefits for her own service to the U.S. Army. Eventually her claim was successful and she received an increase to her pension to twenty five dollars per month.
Among its vast holdings, The National Archives keeps materials relating to the Underground Railroad, the pension claim and supporting documents that Harriet Tubman submitted to Congress, the bill granting the increase of her pension, along with a wealth of resources documenting the African American experience, and women’s history.