April 20, 2014

On this day April 20th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day April 20, 1853 Harriet Tubman, born Araminta Ross began her work with the Underground Railroad. Her fellow slaves were the passengers, and co activists the conductors.

Tubman was born a slave in Maryland's Dorchester County circa 1820. At age five or six, she began to work as a house servant. a few years later she was sent to work in the fields. Tubman endured a life sentenced to brutal slavery. Tubman also sustained major injuries.

In 1844 she married a free black named John Tubman. The Harriet comes from her mothers name. Harriet Tubman devised clever techniques and applied them to her movement. They moved according to the north star. The appearance of trees were also instrumental in knowing which side is the north. A sort of fungus would only grown on the north side of the tree. Southern blacks were under the impression that the northern states were free of slavery.

By 1856, Tubman's capture would have brought a $40,000 reward from the South. Over a period of ten years Tubman made an estimated 19 expeditions into the South and personally escorted about 300 slaves to the North.

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