Harriet Tubman Biography
Birthplace: Dorchester County, MD
Harriet Tubman's family worked as slaves on the Brodas plantation. In
1844, Harriet married a free black man, John Tubman. Harriet remained
a slave, but she was able to stay in Tubman's cabin at night. In 1849,
her worst fears came true when she and her fellow slaves were slated to
be sold. Harriet escaped through swamps and woods along the Underground
Railroad, settling in Philadelphia. In total, Harriet made 19 trips and
freed more than 300 slaves. Harriet was a master of disguise. During the
Civil War, Harriet became a spy for the Union army. At the end of the
war, Harriet returned to her parents in Auburn where she had helped them
to freedom years earlier. During her lifetime Harriet was honored by many
people. In 1897, her bravery won her the silver medal bestowed by Queen
Harriet Tubman Memorial
This memorial is in Boston's South End. Part of the Black History in Boston: A Virtual Field Trip.
Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad
This fabulous site was put together by second grade class in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
The Life of Harriet Tubman
More biographical information from the Harriet Tubman Home.
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