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Garden 193: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Posted By Demi P. Pinkney, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In dedication to Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), I planted this garden to honor her work. Not only was she an accomplished author—famously-known for “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”—she also was an abolitionist who fought to help African-Americans with their fight for freedom. She published many books, but out of all, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is the one that inspired many because she dedicated it specifically to slaves and it became her best-seller in the U.S. and a couple of other countries.

"I wrote what I did because as a woman, as a mother, I was oppressed and broken-hearted with the sorrows and injustice I saw, because as a Christian I felt the dishonor to Christianity - because as a lover of my county, I trembled at the coming day of wrath."—Harriet Beecher Stowe.

I feel really honored to be assigned Stowe as the person I dedicate my garden to because I didn’t know of her before, but now since I have researched about her, I look at her as one of my inspirational leaders. As an African-American, her efforts to abolish slavery doesn’t go unnoticed to me because I know that my ancestors were probably slaves and if not for her and other anti-slavery leaders, we all would still be someone’s slaves. So, now every day I watch my plant grows, it will be a reminder to me of Stowe’s efforts and her dedication to the abolishment and her many trials she had to go through during the fight. Just like Harriet Beecher Stowe, the flower will have its weak days, from the heavy rain and the cool nights, but in the end, it will strive to become something beautiful.

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