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April 20, 1853 | Harriet Tubman Works On The Underground Railroad

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April 20, 1853 | Harriet Tubman Works On The Underground Railroad

Harriet Tubman ( 1822 – March 10, 1913), who was born under the name (Araminta Ross) was one of America’s leading abolitionists during the nineteenth century and is said to have started her work on the Underground Railroad on April 20, 1853.  Born as a slave in Maryland, Tubman escaped slavery to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom via the network of safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

Harriet Tubman, with rescued slaves, New York Times

Harriet Tubman – To the left, with family and neighbors, circa 1887, at her home in Auburn, NY. Left to right: Harriet Tubman; Gertie Davis {Watson} (adopted daughter born 1874, ) behind Tubman; Nelson Davis (husband and 8th USCT veteran); Lee Chaney (neighbor’s child); “Pop” John Alexander (elderly brother in Tubman’s home); Walter Green (neighbor’s child); Blind “Aunty” Sarah Parker (elderly brother); Dora Stewart (great-niece and granddaughter of Tubman’s brother Robert Ross aka John Stewart).


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