Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

`The Moses of Her People'
1820?-1913

In 19 rescue trips along the `Underground Railroad', Harriet Tubman led more than 300 slaves to freedom - including her parents and most of her 10 brothers and sisters. Her daring determination, quick wits and physical strength led admirers to name her the `Moses of Her People'. Her detractors, in contrast, placed a $40,000. reward on her head. Ever fearless, she even helped John Brown to plan his ill-fated revolt at Harper's Ferry, and would have joined him there had illness not kept her away.

During the Civil War, Harriet served the cause of freedom as a cook, nurse, scout and spy for the Union Army. After the war, she continued to be plagued by poor health resulting from a brutal childhood beating, and weak finances which were made no better by the US government's failure to pay her wartime wages. Nonetheless, for the next 40 years, she persisted in her selfless efforts to secure the civil rights and suffrage of ALL Americans -- black and white -- women and men!