Harriet Tubman was poor, uneducated, abused, uncared for and born into slavery. Instead of allowing her misfortunes to define her, she set out to save one person at a time. And in the process, she changed the world.
On Harriet Tubman Day, we honor an American hero who represents courage and freedom. After escaping slavery in 1849, she helped hundreds of slaves leave the South via the Underground Railroad, a secretive network of safe routes and homes. A wife and mother, Tubman worked for the Union during the Civil War, as a nurse, spy and armed scout. In the Combahee River Raid, Tubman led 150 black Union soldiers in freeing more than 700 South Carolina slaves.