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DC wax museum adds Harriet Tubman to collection

Tuesday - 2/7/2012, 3:09pm  ET

Descendants of Harriet Tubman, who was born on Maryland's Eastern Shore, pose around her likeness, unveiled at Madame Tussauds. (WTOP/Hank Silverberg)

Tubman's Family Unites Around Likeness

WTOP's Hank Silverberg


WASHINGTON (AP) - Descendants of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman have unveiled a wax statue of the woman who led hundreds of slaves to freedom at The President's Gallery by Madame Tussauds in Washington.

Tubman's great-great-great-grand-nephew Charles E.T. Ross and Tubman's great-great-grand-niece Valery Ross Manokey visited the wax museum Tuesday with eight others as the statue joins a collection of presidents and historical figures. At 76, Manokey of Cambridge, Md., is Tubman's oldest living descendant.

Students from Washington's Harriet Tubman Elementary also attended.

Tubman was born into slavery on Maryland's Eastern Shore. After escaping in 1849, she led countless slaves out of the South to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

Artists from Madame Tussauds spend months creating each new lifelike figure, relying on photographs, historical accounts and paintings.

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