Harriet Tubman- Humanitarian, Abolitionist, and Spy (1820-1913)

Harriet Tubman- Humanitarian, Abolitionist, and Spy (1820-1913)


OV Staff


Harriet Tubman was an African American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery in Maryland, Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom an made 13 missions to rescue more than 70 slaves using the network of antislavery activist and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry. In the post-war era, she fought for women’s suffrage.

After she died in 1913, she became an icon of American courage and freedom. On April 20, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department annouced aplan for Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson as the portrait gracing the $20 bill.


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