January 29, 1822 – March 10, 1913
Born into slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland as Araminta Ross, a name given to her by her slave master. However the name her parents gave her was Harriet Ross and when she married John Tubman, she became Harriet Tubman,
She escaped from slavery in Maryland and gained her freedom in Philadelphia. Tubman was an abolitionist and political activist. She cared for her friends and family so much that she risked her life and returned to Maryland to free more slaves.
Her elaborate network of antislavery activists and safe houses became known as the Underground Railroad. She was so successful at freeing slaves that she earned the nickname Moses, and she was said to have never lost a passenger. Tubman would make an estimated 70 trips to Maryland.
Tubman was not only brave, she had a big heart. She said “I freed a thousand slaves and could have freed a thousand more only if they knew they were slaves.”
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