D.C. wax museum adds Harriet Tubman

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on March 26, 2012 | Leave a comment (2)

I wonder what it feels like to have a famous ancestor. Some of my ancestors were left on the other side of the Atlantic and the ones who came over on the boat lived ordinary lives in places like Schenectady and Cleveland.

A wax figure of abolitionist Harriet Tubman is a new addition at The President's Gallery by Madame Tussauds in Washington, D.C. AP photo

No one made it to The President’s Gallery by Madame Tussauds as did Harriet Tubman, one of my favorite historical figures.

The wax likeness of Tubman, a real character in my second historical fiction novel, Wixumlee Is My Salvation, was added to the Gallery last February in honor of Black History Month. On hand for the occasion were her great-great-grand nieces and great-great-great grand nephew.

Descendents of Harriet Tubman celebrate her inclusion at The President's Gallery wax museum. AP photo

Tubman, born a slave on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, escaped in 1849. She then dedicated her life to leading slaves from the South to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Notorious for her tough stand against fugitive slaves who balked during an escape, Tubman displays the same take-no-prisoners attitude in Wixumlee Is My Salvation.

I can imagine the pride Tubman’s descendents felt as they viewed their brave ancestor’s statute at its unveiling at the Washington, D.C. museum.



  1. Patricia — Tuesday, March 27, 2012 2:29 PM 

    I don’t have any famous ancestors either. Though I sometimes think a book about my grandmother’s antics would have made her famous. Love the photos. They add real life to the post. Nice job!

  2. Georgia Mullen — Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:35 AM 

    Thanks, Pat. You are a dauntless supporter. Start working on your grandmother’s story 😉

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