Dispute over Tubman’s birth date settled
by Marlene Bergsma, Standard Staff
A dispute over the date of Harriet Tubman’s birth means a plaque honouring her as a person of national importance has been in storage since 2005, because members of the British Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Catharines refused to allow it to be erected.
A person born into slavery in the United States would never know the date of her birth, said BME Church historian Rochelle Bush on Sunday, as the Salem Chapel celebrated the 160th anniversary of Tubman’s arrival in St. Catharines.
"They were like dogs, like possessions. There were no records."