By CHRIS LAVENDER
— Harriet Tubman’s legacy was honored Friday night during
an annual banquet held at the Dorchester Elks Lodge on
Pine Street in
About 160 people attended
the banquet sponsored by The Harriet Tubman Organization, Inc.
“We are doing all we can
to keep Harriet Tubman’s legacy alive,” Evelyn Townsend, HTO Vice
President said. “Thank you all for being here.”
Tim Quinn, a Democrat who
is running for the House of Delegates 37B seat, also attended the
banquet Friday night.
“Harriet Tubman had
courage,” Quinn said. “She had to be afraid many many times. I respect
her for her courage.”
During the banquet,
members from the Waugh Gospel Choir sang spiritual hymns and the Moves
of Praise dance team performed several dances as well.
Tubman was born a slave
on the Brodas Plantation in
Tubman was age 13, she was struck in the head with an iron weight
while helping a run away slave.
In 1857, Tubman led her
New York where they spent
their remaining years in freedom. She rescued all of her family
members except one sister.
During the Civil War,
Tubman served as a scout and nurse for the Union Army. She helped to
free more than 750 slaves during one mission.
After the war, she
Auburn where she
established The Harriet Tubman Home for the Elderly and Indigent
Negroes. Tubman was known as the “Moses” of her people.
On Friday night, Diana
Thompson, keynote speaker, honored Tubman’s memory.
“She grew up on the
Eastern Shore,” Thompson said. “She
lived a rich and full life and we are here to celebrate her.” Thompson
said the “fruits of her labor we do reap,” Tubman “fought for women’s
rights,” and she was a “true humanitarian.”
In her speech, Thompson
added Tubman “believed in herself,” “relied on the assistance of
networks in the underground railroad,” and “had a profound belief in
After Thompson’s speech,
Rev. Enez Stafford Grubb stood with Donald Pinder, HTO President, and
Townsend at the front of the room. Grub thanked Townsend for serving
as HTO President. Townsend then passed a gavel to Pinder. Pinder said
he looked forward to serving as HTO President.
“I am very happy to do
this,” Pinder said.
Courtesy The Star Democrat
Star Democrat photo by Chris Lavendar
Thank you Letter
My family wanted me to
thank you so much for the tickets to the Harriet Tubman Banquet
Saturday. My mother, especially said to send thanks from the Talbot
County, and Caroline County families. My mother is Bernice Ross
Carney, my sisters are Patricia Hawkins of Salisbury, MD, Mable
Carney of Denton, MD, Valerie Felton of Easton, MD and Judy Ross of
Columbus, Ohio. I have an aunt Betty Ross of Easton, MD, her
children are Sharon Ross, Lisa Ross, of Denton, MD and Jacqueline
Ross and Brian Ross of Easton MD. They said it was a very big turn
out. The subject of the newspaper article was mentioned and the
speaker advised "buy the book and read it for yourself". we are in
the process of composing a letter to the editor of the news paper to
express our point of view. Also, Pat Hawkins wanted me to thank you
for her package, she was so excited when she received it, she's
ready to get busy
The Ross Family
(Descendants of Harriet Tubman's Family)