The Harriet Tubman celebrity doll depicts her as herself, an American icon for her heroic efforts in freeing enslaved people and her service to the Union Army in the Civil War. The soft plush doll was made by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild in 2021 and is part of the Little Thinkers® collection and sells for $23.95 at www.philosophersguild.com.
Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland escaped north when she was around 31 years old. She was mistreated by her owners and suffered many physical injuries. Once north she helped free over seventy people include her family using the Underground Railroad staying at homes of other abolitionists and traveling at night making 13 trips south. Once north she continued to help newly freed slaves find jobs and settle further north in Ontario, Canada. During the Civil War she worked for the Union Army as a nurse and cook, then a scout and spy. She was the first woman to lead an armed expedition in an American war. At the end, she worked tirelessly for women’s suffrage
c. 1820 – March 10, 1913
“I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom, I was a stranger in a strange land…”
Araminta Ross was born into slavery in Maryland. She changed her first name, married John Tubman, and became the heroic abolitionist we know as Harriet Tubman, Despite a debilitating head injury (suffered protecting a runaway slave), Tubman escaped in 1849 and returned many times; as an Underground Railroad “conductor” and guide for the Combahee River Raid, she freed hundreds of people, After the war, Tubman settled in Auburn, New York, where she championed women;s suffrage, humanitarian causes, orphans, the aged, the indigent, and the poor.
The plush doll comes wearing medium blue corduroy jersey dress. Around her shoulders is a soft navy blue shawl and around the neck is a white cotton tied scarf. The short curly brown hair is covered with a blue flower patterned cotton scarf. The outfit is tacked down and most likely removable if you are willing to cut the threads. Underneath the dress the top of the body is brown and there are lacy white underwear sewn in as part of the body. The felt black shoes are sewn in as part of the stuffed body which is black from the lace of the underwear down to the shoes.
The face is embroidered with brown eyes, red lips, and black eyebrows. The stuffed round nose and stick out ears on sewn on. The hair is short brown and curly and cover the entire head under the scarf..
The doll is stuffed and weighted so it sits up and balances on the bottom of the doll’s butt.
The plush Harriet Tubman doll comes packaged in a plastic bag and has a biographical tag attached to the jacket collar.
You can get current market prices for the Harriet Tubman doll by using this links. The Celebrity Doll Museum has affiliate accounts with Ebay and Amazon. It can also be purchased directly from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild. They occasionally have sales if you purchase three dolls at a time.