Tubman 200: Ms. Magazine Announces Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Project


Two hundred years after Harriet Tubman’s birth, Ms. magazine is proud to announce the launch of a project honoring her extraordinary legacy. But this is much more than just a birthday—Tubman’s bicentennial comes at a time when our nation and the world exist at a crossroads. 

Launching February 1, the series will roll out over the course of Black History Month and into Women’s History Month, featuring contributions from key scholars, artists, writers, educators and developers reflecting on Tubman’s life and legacy. 

“Tubman stood at the intersection of race and gender and ushered in freedom for all because her own freedom required it,” said scholar and project editor and Ms. contributor Janell Hobson. “She has stood the test of time through her incomparable example of bravery, fierceness, persistence, faith, self-assurance, compassion and commitment to solidarity. May her memory serve as a guiding light, much like the North Star she followed, steering us all in the right direction at this critical juncture.”

“In the two hundred years since her birth, the landscape of American democracy has changed fundamentally—and still, so much remains to be done,” said Ms. executive editor Kathy Spillar. “Tubman continues to inspire modern day feminists to fight for freedom and equality for all of us, and Ms. is thrilled to publish this exciting multi-platform project.”  

The multi-disciplinary project will include: 

  • Conversations with Tubman’s descendants,
  • An interactive timeline of Tubman’s life,
  • Essays from experts including Dr. Keisha N. Blain, Kate Clifford Larson, and others, 
  • A calculator that determines what the U.S. (literally) owes Tubman, and more, 
  • A portal for readers to submit their own haikus celebrating Tubman’s legacy.

Questions or press queries about the series can be directed to Janell Hobson at tubman200@msmagazine.com.


About Ms. magazine: Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972 and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001, Ms. has been a trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online for 50 years. Ms.’s time-honored traditions of an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis have never been more relevant, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to share news, analysis, research and strategies for fighting back and moving forward, for shaping the future.