Harriet Tubman

by:Makena Krier

birth to childhood to death

Harriet was born in 1820 or 1821. There is no record of her birth. That's why her birth is approximate. The location of her birth is in Dorchester County on Maryland's Eastern Shore. From the day she was born, she belonged to Edward Brodas, he owned her parents. Slave children ran wild, but at the age of 6, her childhood came to an end. When she was young, she saw her 2 sisters be sold into slavery. Later in life, she still remembered the look on their faces as they left the family.

Important life events

On September 17,1849, she escaped the plantation with her two brothers. Unfortunately, she got caught and returned to her owner. Later in the year, she contacted the Underground Railroad. They helped her escape for good. In 1850, Harriet arranged to rescue her sister, brother-in-law, and their two kids with the Underground Railroad. In 1852, she rescued her brother Moses. In 1857, she rescued her parents. Her last mission was in 1861.


She was a conductor for eight years. Harriet never once got caught on a mission. She was the first women in America to command an armed military raid. She helped make the Underground Railroad one of the most important aspects of abolitionism. Still today, she inspires Americans that are struggling for their civil rights, with her bravery.


She was a slave herself, knowing what the slaves went through played a huge role in the reason she conducted. As a child she saw her own family be sold. Her inspirations, were Fredrick Douglass, Gerrif Smith, J.W. Loguen. She looked up to John Brown the most. While she was a slave she had heard about Nat Turner and all the people fighting to destroy slavery.

Interesting Facts

She was called Moses for leading the slaves to freedom. She had strong visions and dreams. She thought they were sent from God, about her rescuing people from the South. Harriet was active in the womens suffrage movement. She couldn't read or write, but she had military genius. Harriet got hit in the head in an accident. Sometimes on missions, she had blackouts, still she never ever got caught.

Contributions to Change

She participated in over 13 missions to help free hundreds of slaves. Harriet gave hope to the slaves, when she rescued their friends or family. With her efforts, she helped put an end to slavery. Harriet brought many families back together. She helped earn women the right to vote.
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