Celebrating Harriet Tubman: One-act play coming to Valley

HARLINGEN — Harriet Tubman led hundreds of slaves to freedom using the Underground Railroad.

To celebrate Black History Month, area leaders are bringing Tubman’s story to life for everyone to see in a one-act play.

“She is quite unique because if she had been caught, she would have died,” said Lonnie Davis, a Harlingen resident.

The Corinth Baptist Church has commissioned Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux to perform her captivating role of Harriet Tubman called “The Resurrection of Harriet Tubman.”

“This lady is fantastic,” said Davis, a Corinth Baptist Church leader. “They are going to enjoy her.”

The event is scheduled to happen on the morning of Sunday, of Feb. 25, at the La Sierra Event Center.

To commemorate the event, the city of Harlingen proclaimed the month of February as Black History Month in Harlingen.

Last year, to celebrate Black History Month, a Buffalo Soldiers one-act play was showcased and performed in Harlingen for the public.

Many people attended the Buffalo Soldiers showcase. People came from as far as Kingsville to see the performance and enjoy presentations from local leaders and researchers who spoke about the history of African Americans in the Valley.

Davis said African American food will be prepared by Corinth Baptist Church members for those in attendance after the Tubman performance.

He said cornbread, pig ears and greens may be some of the dishes.

“Some people have never tasted this (African-American) food,” Davis said with a smile.

Who was Harriet Tubman?

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland. She escaped to freedom in the North in 1849 to become the most famous “conductor” on the Underground Railroad.

Tubman risked her life to lead hundreds of family members and other slaves from the plantation system to freedom on the elaborate secret network of safe houses.

She was a leading abolitionist before the American Civil War. Tubman also helped the Union Army during the war, working as a spy.

After the Civil War ended Tubman dedicated her life to helping impoverished former slaves and the elderly.

In honor of her life and by popular demand, in 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that Tubman will replace President Andrew Jackson on a new $20 bill.

Corinth Baptist Church annual Black History Month celebration

WHAT: Harriet Tubman one-act play

WHEN: Sunday, of Feb. 25, 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: La Sierra Event Center, 3742 U.S. 77 Frontage Road, Harlingen Texas

Slaves rescued by Harriet Tubman using the Underground Railroad

3, during Dec. 1850

3, during spring 1851

11, during fall 1851

9, during fall 1853

3, during Dec. 1854

2, during summer 1857

7, during Dec. 1860