Harriet Tubman

By: Ann Petry

Ryleigh Barton

Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County, in Maryland. She was the daughter of Ben and Harriet (Old Rit) Ross. She had many siblings, most of which had been sold. Their master, Edward Brodas wasn't as strict and cruel as most masters, he trusted his slaves for the most part. Harriet could not start working until she was older so she sat with a little old woman that cared for the children, most of them were frightened of her. They also called Harriet, Minta she would become Harriet when she matured.

Minta becomes Harriet.

When she was old enough to start working she carried water to the field hands. She was always very strong and loved outside work. When she was about six years old she was hired out to James Cook and his wife. They were a poor family, and could not pay much for her or feed her enough. She worked inside with James' wife, but hated it. She then worked outside, lining the Muskrat traps, she became very ill and was sent back to Brodas. She was hired out again and was treated horribly. She had to care for a baby when she was young herself. Whenever she was hired out she always was sent back. Her and her father were hired out to a man who needed them for outside work, which she loved. Her master gloated to friends about her strength. She was so mature she now wore a bandanna, which showed she was grown up. She was now Harriet.

Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad

She took over 300 slaves to freedom. She never cared for her own safety, just the safety of others. She even lead most of her family. She was so great at finding places to hide and knowing how to get from one point to another. So many people could learn to be brave and courageous because of her. She never stopped trying to get people to safety.


Harriet Tubman was...

  • Brave
  • Kind
  • Selfless
  • Courageous
  • Strong


Harriet was born in Maryland. She worked in the fields. She was hired out and treated badly. She grew older and craved freedom. She escaped and wanted others to know what freedom was like. She started conducting the underground railroad and brought over 300 slaves to freedom. She never stopped believing in freedom. She died in Auburn, NY in 1913. She was 91 years old.