Big Families: Black Celebs With 4 Or More Kids! Over hundred years after her death, we are reflecting back at her life and legacy. Harriet and John Jacobs became part of New York's abolitionist movement. In 1853, Jacobs began writing anonymous letters to the New York Tribune detailing her journey. When Jacobs turned 15, Norcom pursued her sexually though she rebuffed him at every turn. With the help of neighbors both Black and white, she lived for a time in her grandmother’s vermin-infested attack.

Harriet Jacobs was born a slave in Edenton, North Carolina, in 1813. Black Celebrities We Lost Between 2000 – 2009, Disabled Siblings Found Living with Dead Body of Mother Decomposing In Home, Official: Rifle Shell Casings Found at Breonna Taylor Scene, ‘RHOA’ Season 13 Trailer Is Full Of Drama, Gives Peek At Infamous Bachelorette Party [WATCH]. Born into slavery to Elijah and Delilah Jacobs in 1813, Harriet Ann Jacobs grew up in Edenton, N.C., the daughter of slaves owned by different families. Jacobs became a darling of the anti-slavery movement with the publication of her book, Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl, helping other slaves by way of her celebrity. Jacobs was born into slavery in Edenton, N.C. in 1813. Her father was a skilled carpenter, whose earnings allowed Harriet and her brother, John, to live with their parents in a comfortable home. In the summer of 1835, Jacobs learned that Norcom was going to make her children work as slaves and that motivated her escape. She escaped slavery and became an abolitionist speaker and reformer. Jacobs was born into slavery in Edenton, N.C. in 1813. For seven years, Jacobs was a fugitive, separated from her children. Unable to reunite with her children, Jacobs reconnected with her brother John, who also freed himself from enslavement, in New York. They met Frederick Douglass. Harriet Jacobs was a former slave who penned an autobiography detailing her escape from an oppressive master who made sexual advances towards her. Tim Norman Pleads Not Guilty In Murder-For-Hire Case, Requests To Be Released To Stay With Miss Robbie, Ice Cube Confirms Working With Trump Administration, Twitter Blasts The Rap Icon, Tamar Braxton Defends Ex David Adefeso; He Responds To Toni’s Public Blasting, Miss Robbie Breaks Silence After Son Tim Norman Arrested in Murder Plot, Atlanta Police Make Arrest in Actor’s Shooting Death, ‘You Weasel’: Toni Braxton Puts Tamar’s Ex David Adefeso On Blast; Towanda, Tamar React. Norcom’s wife was well aware of her husband’s insidious actions. Jacobs became a darling of the anti-slavery movement with the publication of her book, Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl, helping other slaves by way of her celebrity. Until she was six years old Harriet was unaware that she was the property of Margaret Horniblow. Harriet Jacobs was born in 1813 in Edenton, North Carolina, to Delilah Horniblow, a slave of the Horniblow family who owned a local tavern. Harriet Jacobs's autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861), is the most widely-read female antebellum slave narrative. READ MORE STORIES ON BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM: Copyright © 2020 Interactive One, LLC. She eventually purchased her freedom after years as a fugitive, and was convinced by friends to write about her trials. In 1861 Harriet Jacobs, the first African American female slave to author her own narrative, published Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, which depicted her resistance to her master’s sexual exploitation and her ultimate achievement of freedom for herself and her two children. She used her fame and money to help other refugee slaves but the book fell into obscurity. Jacobss mistress, Margaret Horniblow, took her in and cared for her, teaching her to read, write, and sew. After her death, the book was reprinted twice in 1973 and 1987, becoming an important account of what fugitive female slaves faced. In 1860, a year before the start of the Civil War, her memoir was finally published making Jacobs a global figure as the anti-slavery movement began to flourish. She was later reunited with her daughter and began working with abolitionists who were associated with Frederick Douglass‘ paper, The North Star. But she had be… Jacobs thought this meant that Norcom would sell her but he was relentless in his pursuit and even took ownership of her two children.