Harriet Tubman was an African-American abolitionist who was born into slavery in 1820. She is best known for her development and execution the Underground Railroad. On this day December 6 in 1849 she succeeded in her second and final escape from slavery in Maryland. Over the next eight years, Tubman spent her time executing the secret Underground Railroad which ultimately freeing over 300 slaves. She was also the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the American Civil War (or any war for that matter) in the Combahee River Raid, freeing over 700 slaves in South Carolina and later became a strong advocate for women’s suffrage.
For more information on Harriet Tubman, take a look at the Rebecca Crown Library’s collection.
- Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (cgbarbee.wordpress.com)