Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman was born Araminta Harriet Ross to slave parents in 1820. She married around 1844 and changed her name to Harriet Tubman. In 1849, she escaped from her owners, was captured but quickly escaped again, making it to Philadelphia where she found work. She went on to become a leading abolitionist.
By 1860, she had made over a dozen trips back to the south making use of the Underground Railroad to bring more than 70 slaves to freedom. She became friends with John Brown, conferring with him about his plans for Harpers Ferry.
Frederick Douglas wrote of her: “Excepting John Brown–of sacred memory–I know of no one who has willingly encountered more perils and hardships to serve our enslaved people than you have.” During the Civil War, she worked as a cook, nurse and spy, and in the post-war era struggled for women’s suffrage. Harriet Tubman died in 1913 in Auburn, New York.
Author: Sarah H. Bradford
Publisher: W.J. Moses, Printer, Auburn, New York. 1869.