Harriet Tubman began life as a slave and died a free woman. She risked her life to free slaves. She was born in 1819 or 1820 in Maryland.
Like many slaves, young Harriet was treated badly. She suffered through many years in slavery. When she was 25, she escaped by marrying a free African-American name John Tubman.
When she was 30, she escaped to Canada. On the way, she stopped in Philadelphia, where she met William Still, the Philadelphia Stationmaster on the Underground Railroad.
She quietly moved many of her family members to Canada. Then, returned again and again to Maryland to help other slaves escape. She is believed to have helped more than 300 people to freedom.
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