Celebrating Black History Month: Harriet Tubman


There was one or two things I had a right to,
liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would
have the other; for no man should take me alive. . . .

Chronology
1816-1823 Tubman's birthdate is unknown; however, it is known that she was born in Buckstown, Maryland in the late teens or early twenties.
1830s At some point during her childhood, Tubman's face was slashed with a sword because she refused to clean mud off the boots of a British soldier.
1835 Received a fractured skull while trying to defend another slave against an abusive master
1844 Married John Tubman
1849 Ran away from the plantation where she was a slave because she feared she was about to be sold
1850-1860 Made nineteen journies into the South, rescuing 300 slaves and leading them to freedom through The Underground Railroad
1857 Helped her 70-year-old parents escape from the South. They were too ill to make the long trek, so she arranged for them to be carried to safety
1862-1864 Served as a  cook, a nurse, and a spy in the Civil War
1865 The Civil War ended and all slaves were freed
1867 Harriet's husband John Tubman died
1869 Married Nelson Davis
1871 William Still published his work The Underground Railroad. Also a participant in the Underground Railroad, Still wrote about Tubman based upon his own contact with her.
1888 Husband Nelson Davis died
1903 The
1908 Built the John Brown Home for the poor and elderly in Auburn, New York. The home, which is today a museum, was later renamed the Harriet Tubman Home in her honor.
1913 Harriet Tubman died March 10, 1913.


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