Harriet Tubman

Taylor Close, Staff Writer

One of the well known faces in the abolitionist movement was Harriet Tubman, who helped guide over 300 slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
Once a slave herself, it was extremely dangerous for Tubman to return south, but she made the trip multiple times, encountering old masters and near death experiences along the way. But that did not deter her from her goal.
She was nicknamed ‘Moses’ because of the comparison she had to the prophet who lead the Hebrews to freedom in Egypt. She traveled to the south a total of 19 times one decade.
During the American Civil War, Tubman helped as a nurse and spy for the Union army based out of South Carolina. She helped over 750 slaves to freedom in one military campaign.
Besides risking her life many times for others, Tubman was an active part of the woman’s suffragist movement, going to rally’s alongside Susan B. Anthony and Emily Howland.
Even in her last years, Tubman was helping people, by donating and establishing homes for elderly freed slaves. She also raised money for African- American schools.
Throughout her life, she touched and helped the lives of many, and never thought twice about the dangers she would face.


“I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.”

-Harriet Tubman