Home belonging to Harriet Tubman’s father discovered by archeologists in Maryland
Archeologists have discovered the home of Harriet Tubman’s father in Maryland, state officials announced Tuesday.
On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, various state and federal officials announced the discovery of “Ben’s 10,” the ten-acre homesite of Ben Ross, father of Harriet Tubman! Check out the official news article at this link: https://t.co/oSLJdwG1jP pic.twitter.com/W5nqgzsV1I
— Harriet Tubman UGRR (@TubmanUGRRNPS) April 21, 2021
According to NBC, the site where Tubman’s father, Ben Ross, and their family once lived was found on property purchased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an addition to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
The artifacts found date back to the 1800s when Ross was given 10 acres of land and his freedom as part of his master’s will.
Tubman was one of nine children raised by her two parents in a home on the discovered site.
She was born Araminta Ross in the 1820s and is believed to have learned how to navigate the waterways and land from her father.
The discovered land is set to be added to the Tubman Byway.