Harriet Jacobs

Born: 1813 in Edenton, North Carolina

Died: March 7, 1897

Family: Joseph (son) and Louisa (daughter).

Education: Educated by family members to read and write.

Biography: She was born a slave.  She had two children with a family friend.  She ran away from her owners and hid in an attic for seven years before escaping on a ship headed for Pennsylvania.  She was bought and freed by her last employer.


  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Jacobs, Harriet.  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.  The Modern Library: New York.  2004.

McMillian, Peter.  “Harriet Jacobs”.  Spartacus Educational.  http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Sjacobs.htm.

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