Harriet Ross Tubman (1820-1913)
Abolitionist, Political Activist, American Hero
Born into slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland, Harriet showed signs of bravery early in life when she tried to intervene on behalf of a fellow slave that was being beaten for trying to escape. The head injury she sustained affected her for the rest of her life, sill, she persisted. That little girl grew up to be known as the “Moses of her people”, as she escaped slavery and returned 13 times to lead at least 70 other enslaved people to freedom using the Underground Railroad.
Harriet Tubman also served as a scout and spy for the United States Army and nurse to sick and injured soldiers. After the war ended she became an activist for the women’s suffrage movement.
Harriet Tubman is an icon of courage and strength.
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