If we read Jacobs’ story through an 1815 lens, however, a myriad of discrepancies in her narrative evaporates.The most compelling evidence that Harriet Jacobs was born in 1815 comes from Jacobs herself.
Harriet Jacobs’ narrative mentions no dates or real names (she wished to protect the identities of those who helped her escape) but it is peppered with numerous references to her age. Norcom HIgh has been an integral part of Portsmouth’s African American community.The first school to bear his name opened in 1920 three quarters of a mile southeast of here. Students conducted sit-ins to desegregate Portsmouth lunch counters in 1960, and alumni became local, state, and national leaders. Jacobs’ daughter, Louisa, provided the information for the gravestone and we have no reason to doubt her.Louisa Jacobs lived with her mother for at least thirty of her adult years and she was with her during the winter of 1853-1854, when Jacobs began writing her book.