Harriet Beecher Stowe


Harriet Beecher Stowe died in 1896, the year in which the Supreme Court sanctified Jim Crow and thereby undermining the path of freedom for which so many and she fought. Her niece, Katharine Seymour Day, who fought to preserve her legacy through securing the foundations for the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, died in 1964, the year of the Civil Rights Act that emerged out of the March on Washington, DC, in 1963.

There are so many unusual things to learn through spending an afternoon at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.  Among my favorite was to discover her close relationship with Sojourner Truth.  (She kept in her living room a statue of a beautiful African woman because it reminded her of Truth.)

Other treasures include the wonderful exhibit on the history of Uncle Tom’s Cabin at the main center’s office, material on her knowledge of apothecary, others on her activist work for issues ranging from suffrage for women to environmental causes as well as animal rights and organic farming, and the list goes on.   Harriet Beecher Stowe was truly one of the great geniuses of the 19th century, an example of a creative human being who brought innovation to everything she touched.

If you're ever in Hartford, do visit this important tribute to this extraordinary woman and her community who gave so much to the cause of human dignity and the struggle for freedom:


© Lewis R. Gordon