Harriet Tubman comes to life in 'Harriet's Return'

Born into slavery in 1822, Harriet Tubman is most famous for her work as an abolitionist. She led 13 missions to help free slaves using the Underground Railroad. Traveling by night and in extreme secrecy, Tubman – nicknamed "Moses" – never lost a passenger. 

Playwright and actress Karen Jones Meadows brings Tubman to life in "Harriet's Return." The play, which opened last week to rave reviews, is a passion project for Meadows, who felt like she was given signs she needed to write it.

The play comes at a time when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his department still hasn't decided whether Tubman will replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

"Harriet's Return" aims to show all of Tubman's many facets. 

"Harriet's Return" is a New Federal Theatre production at the Castillo Theatre. Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman And "Black Panther" Actor Chadwick Boseman have all honed their craft at the New Federal.

Now "Harriet's Return" showcases the life of a remarkable woman for a new generation.


HARRIET'S RETURN: Written and performed by Karen Jones Meadows, directed by Clinton Turner Davies; Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street, New York City; 212-941-5800; castillo.org