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Library to tell story of Harriet Tubman

Story of Harriet Tubman will be portrayed at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin on Wednesday.


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Published: 3/10/2008 12:08 AM

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On Wednesday, Kathryn Harris, director of library services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, will speak about Harriet Tubman from 7 to 8 p.m. in the community rooms at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin.

Register at the information desk, by calling (847) 429-4680 or online at

Harris first portrayed the most famous engineer of the Underground Railroad about 10 years ago. Representatives of the Old State Capitol were presenting a Civil War-era program to a local school and asked Harris to play Harriet Tubman, dubbed "Moses" for her work in leading fugitive slaves to freedom. Harris thought of her performance as a one-time-only act, but she soon was being asked to perform encores. She has portrayed Tubman hundreds of times for schools, libraries and museums, educating others about the heroine who helped free more than 300 slaves.

For information about Tapestry Programs in March, visit the library's March online calendar at

Attend "Harriet Tubman" at the library and receive a coupon redeemable for one free book by E.C. Alft, "Elgin: A Women's City." The book is being printed for A Tapestry of Freedom in partnership with the Elgin Area Historical Society and Elgin Heritage Commission.