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Harriet Tubman Pistol & Sword on Display at FAMU [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Lanetra Bennett

Tallahassee, FL - She was called, the "Moses" of the Underground Railroad.

Descendants of the woman who led slaves to freedom live in Tallahassee, and, for a limited time, so do some of Harriet Tubman's artifacts.

Anthony Thompson, FAMU History Graduate Student: "this is a liberation piece. I can go and walk and say as I feel. Then, I'm going to go back and get my family some 70 times."

During a ten-year span, she escorted more than 300 slaves to freedom.

Anthony Thompson, FAMU History Graduate Student, stated, "when she had this pistol, she would say, I'm not going to let you go back. you're coming. Once you get this Undergound Railroad, once you come with me, you're not going back."

Anthony Thompson is teaching FAMU students about Tubman's pistol, which is now on display at the Black Archives.

Student worker Angelik Johnson touched it before it was placed in the case.

Angelik Johnson, FAMU Student, adds, "I was like oh, my gosh. It just gave me a rush because this is a part of history. It gave me an adreninline rush."

Tubman's ivory-handle sword is also on display.

Anthony Thompson, FAMU History Graduate Student: "she picked that sword up from a confederate soldier, not a union soldier, but a confederate soldier, hello."

Tubman's descendants, The Brickler Family, have had the pistol and cavalry saber since Tubman died in 1913.

Tubman's niece, Alice Brickler, lived in Tallahassee, Brickler's a fifth generation descendant of Tubman.

Alex Brickler, Harriet Tubman's Descendant, stated, "when you have a bar that's set that high, you have to grow tall enough to be able to reach it and be able to do justice to the history that is in your family."

Literature suggests that Harriet Tubman never actually used her pistol.

Tubman's descendant, Alex Brickler, is a graduate student at FAMU.

FAMU's Black Archives hope to keep Tubman's artifacts on display until April.


By: Lanetra Bennett
February 19, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Harriet Tubman's pistol and ivory handle sword are now on display at FAMU. The items are at the Black Archives.

Tubman is known as the Moses of the Underground Railroad. She is well known for leading many slaves to freedom.

The exhibit will be on campus until April.

Tune in to Eyewitness News at 6 to hear from a 5th generation descendant of Tubman.


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