Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman was an African American woman who escaped slavery in the South. She was

born in Maryland around 1820. She successfully escaped in 1849.   She also used the network of the

Underground Railroad and traveled to Philadelphia. Harriet Tubman did not stay in the safety of the

North after she escaped. She once again used the Underground Railroad to go back and rescue her

family members and possibly other slaves as well. With this, she led hundreds to Freedom.

Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County, Maryland in 1820. Harriet Tubman's real birth

given name was Araminta Harriet Ross. As we all know, slavery was still active during this time. Her

mother's slave owner was Mary Pattison Brodess. Her Father's slave owner was Anthony Thompson.  

Later on, these slave owners married. As a child, Tubman and her family were abused daily. This

caused her permanent physical injuries.

When Tubman finally reached adulthood, half of the African American people on the Eastern

side of Maryland were freed. In 1844, she married John Tubman. John Tubman was a free Black man.

There is not much information on their family. If they had children, then they probably were enslaved

due to their mother's status. It is also said around the time of her marriage, Araminta changed her name

to Harriet to honor her mother.

In 1849, Harriet Tubman fled to Philadelphia, escaping slavery. She was accompanied by two of

her brothers, Ben and Harry Ross on September 17, 1849. While making their way to freedom, a notice

of them to be returned for $300.00 was seen. Her brothers had second thoughts, and returned to the

plantations. Tubman used the Underground Railroad to travel 90 miles to Philadelphia. Instead of

remaining in the North for safety, Harriet made it her mission to rescue her family and other non-

related slaves along the way as well.

In conclusion, Harriet Tubman became very famous for...