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Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Emily Harvie Thomas Tubman


Emily Harvie Thomas Tubman 1794-1885 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, July 2008
1. Emily Harvie Thomas Tubman 1794-1885 Marker
Inscription.  Born in Ashland, Hanover County, Virginia on March 21, 1794. Grew up in Kentucky under guardianship of Henry Clay. Visited Augusta in 1818, where she met and married Richard Tubman, wealthy merchant. After his death in 1836, she became interested in the teachings of Alexander Campbell and helped found the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Augusta. Provided funds for numerous churches in Georgia and Kentucky; supported foreign missions. Emancipated her slaves in 1837, providing them a subsidy to start a new life in Liberia. During the Civil War, she imported the first ice machine to relieve suffering soldiers. With other shareholders of Georgia Railroad, provided free transportation for Confederate soldiers. Supported restoration of Mount Vernon, VA. Endowed Tubman High School in 1874. Astute in business, she made wise investments; was major stockholder in John P. King Manufacturing Co. Entertained notable guests such as Marquis de Lafayette, Henry Clay, Alexander Campbell, Robert Toombs, Alexander Stephens. She established endowments for schools, scholarships, and the Tubman Home for aged. Her philanthropy involved hundreds of
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thousands of dollars.
Erected 1994 by Georgia Historical Marker. (Marker Number 121-52.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkChurches & ReligionEducationIndustry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWomen. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1843.
Location. 33° 28.496′ N, 81° 57.839′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on Broad Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 719 Broad St, Augusta GA 30901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Site in Journalism (a few steps from this marker); Augusta Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rotary Club of Augusta (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Untitled (Georgia Railroad and Banking Company) (about 300 feet away); Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs, U.S.A. (about 400 feet away); Augusta Cotton Exchange (about 700 feet away); The Mayham Tower (about 700 feet away); Major Ferdinand Phinizy (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Emily Harvie Thomas Tubman Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, July 2008
2. Emily Harvie Thomas Tubman Marker
Looking west on Broad Street
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,813 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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