New Exhibit Highlights the So-Called ‘Harriet Tubman of Texas’
New Exhibit Highlights the So-Called ‘Harriet Tubman of Texas’
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Silvia Hector Webber, the so-called “Harriet Tubman of Texas,” offered refuge and aid to enslaved people in South Texas. Researchers have uncovered her never-before-seen freedom papers documenting her role in the fight for freedom. A new exhibit at UT Austin is shining a light on her story.

Read more about Silvia Hector Webber (1807 – ca. 1892) and her husband John Fernando Webber (ca. 1786–1795 – 1882) who were a mixed-race couple who were among the initial settlers in Austin's Colony in Travis County, Texas. Imagine the impact of that in the 1800s. A white husband and African American wife.

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