A savior to many black people in the 1800's. Harriet Tubman
was born in 1821 as a slave in Maryland. After hearing that
her master's estate was to be sold, she escaped to freedom.
Learning the way's and experiencing freedom first hand, she
yearned to give other black people the same gift she has.
She knew that her efforts would require money and therefore
she worked part-time jobs until she had enough money for
her first mission. The first rescue she made, was to free
her sister and her two children. Next, she made fifteen
trips to other places and saved another 200 people. Her
work was known as the Underground Railroad. Now, more
blacks would be able to experience the joy of freedom!
Harriet's work was supported by many of the leading
abolitionists who helped her with money, supplies and
shelter. They gave her a place to stay, for there was a
reward out for her head. During the civil war Harriet
volunteered as a spy and a scout in South Carolina, often
she would bring back information from slaves who still
lived behind the Southern Borders. After the war she
returned to Auburn New York, an area where abolitionism and
women's rights had long been popular and where she had
bought a home. For her long hard work, Harriet Tubman
received a medal from Queen Victoria of England, who was
also against slavery.
Harriet Tubman, a strong and caring woman who brought the
wonders of freedom to many African Americans. She risked
her life to save family and hundreds of other slaves. Her
construction of the Underground Railroad was a marvel at
it's best. Supported by Quakers, and Abolitionists, she
brought a sense of relief to many broken hearts. I think
she is an example for all of us, and is important for all
to know how much of an impact she made in the present.
Tuban was loved by many, and John Brown refers to her in
his letters as "one of the best and bravest persons on this
continent--General Tubman as we call her"(Internet, Tuban).