Harriet Tubman

Picture of Harriet Tubman

Who: Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist, Civil War scout and spy, and humanitarian; famous “conductor” of the Underground Railroad

Why She Dazzles: Harriet is one of the most courageous women in American history. Born into slavery in Maryland, she led more than a dozen missions to save slaves and gain them freedom. She continued her efforts during the Civil War when she offered her services to the Union Army.

Why You Need to Know Her Today: She is an American icon and the epitome of courage and freedom—timeless traits for any human. Let’s ensure that the proposal to place her on the $20 bill follows through.

What She Would Say Today—Because She Said It Then:I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of 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; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.”

Picture of an iconic Hermès scarf
The North Star guided Harriet along the Underground Railroad.

What She Would Wear Tonight at the Eastern Shore: The iconic Hermès scarf. Debuting in the 1930s, the Hermès silk scarf is eponymous with celebrities and the most fashionable. Artists hand-design every single scarf individually with vibrant colors and traditional motifs—luxury in its finest for the finest of women.

Picture of a religious card by Hallmark
During some of her trips, she would sing, “Go Down, Moses,” a warning notice to those who wanted to escape, that she was ready to guide them.

What She Would Send to Her Friend: Harriet claimed that her faith safely guided her and her “passengers” for every journey to and from the North. “I always tole God,” she said, “I’m gwine [going] to hole stiddy on you, an’ you’ve got to see me through.” And He certainly did.

Picture of a sunrise on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
Harriet was born in Maryland with the name Araminta “Minty” Ross, and later changed her name to Harriet after her mother Harriet Ross. She took the surname Tubman after her first husband John Tubman.

Where She Would Instagram: The Eastern Shore. Harriet grew up in slavery on a plantation surrounded by waterways and farm fields in Maryland where the National Park Service unveiled the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. She led many slaves to freedom from the area, notably becoming “the Moses of her people.” Today, visitors can see the landscape that she followed to take slaves North to freedom.

Tweet This: #DYK Harriet Tubman was the first American woman to lead an armed raid in enemy territory, taking place during the Civil War #anewlady



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