Harriet Tubman

Conductor on the Underground Railroad


Harriet's mother, Old Rit and father, Ben were slaves, so she was born a slave. Ben worked in the woods and Old Rit worked the field. They lived in a little shack like cabin on the Brodas plantation.

Harriet's first years

Growing up Harriet was called Minta or Minty. After she learned how to walk she played with other kids on the plantation while Ben and Old Rit worked. An old woman who could no longer work watched the children. She looked fierce and the children were scared of her.