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Short Biography

Short Biography

Date and place of birth: c.1820; Dorchester County, Maryland. Date and place of death: March 10, 1913; Auburn, New York. Background: Harriet Tubman was born a slave, her parents named her Araminta “Minty” Ross. She changed her name in 1849 when she escaped. She adopted the name Harriet after her mother and the last name […]

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Early Life

Early Life

When was Harriet Tubman born? Harriet Tubman was born into slavery therefore no records of her birth were kept and the exact date of her birth is unknown. She believed she was born in 1825. She testified to this date in a pension application in 1890 when she claimed she was 67 and in 1892 […]

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Timeline of the Life of Harriet Tubman

Timeline of the Life of Harriet Tubman

C 1820 - Harriet Ross Tubman, born Araminta “Minty” Ross, in the plantation of Edward Brodess in Dorchester County, Maryland. Her mother was Harriet “Rit” Green owned by Mary Pattison Brodess; and her father was Ben Ross owned by Anthony Thomson. 1825 - Young Araminta was hired out to other households. Her first outside job was as […]

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Facts

Facts

Harriet Tubman’s actual birthday is unknown. It is believed that she was born between 1819 and 1823. Her birth name was Araminta Ross. She was nicknamed “Minty” by her mother. Tubman’s maternal grandmother, Modesty, arrived on a slave ship from Africa. There is no information about her other ancestors. Harriet had eight siblings: Linah (1808), […]

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Who was Harriet Tubman?

Who was Harriet Tubman?

Harriet Tubman is an American hero and an icon of freedom, a five-foot-tall African American abolitionist who guided hundreds of slaves away from the bondage of slavery. She is the best known female abolitionist of antebellum American. Illiterate but profoundly religious,  into slavery between 1815 and 1825 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her birth […]

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Letter from Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman, 1868

Letter from Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman, 1868

Source: Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman by Sarah Hopkins Bradford.   Rochester, August 29, 1868 Dear Harriet: I am glad to know that the story of your eventful life has been written by a kind lady, and that the same is soon to be published. You ask for what you do not need when […]

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Letter by Thomas Garrett

Letter by Thomas Garrett

In this letter famous abolitionist Thomas Garrett describes how Harriet Tubman became known to him and how she helped slaves escape. Source: Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman by Sarah Hopkins Bradford. WILMINGTON, 6th Mo., 1868. MY FRIEND: Thy favor of the 12th reached me yesterday, requesting such reminiscences as I could give respecting the […]

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