Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman by Squyer, NPG, c1885.jpg
  • She was born in 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland to Ben and Harriet Ross. Her real name was Araminta Ross.
  • As a child she was a slave for James Cook and she had to check the muskrat traps.
  • As she got older and stronger, she was assigned to field and forest work, driving oxen, plowing and hauling logs.
  • She married John Tubman in 1844-1851, he died then she married Nelson Davies 1869-1888, he died.
  • They (Nelson) adopted one child, Gertie in 1874.
  • She and her brothers escaped from slavery on September 17, 1849.
  • For 11 years she returned repeatedly to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, rescuing some 300 slaves in about 19 expeditions. She also provided specific instructions for about 50 to 60 other fugitives who escaped to the north
  • She was a Union Spy in the Civil War.
  • She died on March 10, 1913 in Auburn, New York.

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