Honoring the Life and Legacy of Harriet Tubman

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Celebrating the great Harriet Tubman.

Today is Harriet Tubman Day, a national observance dedicated to remembering the bravery and sacrifice of anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman.  While most of us may be familiar with the name Harriet Tubman, many of us may not know much about this American hero.  So, to honor this amazing woman and celebrate her legacy, here are some pretty astounding facts about Harriet Tubman.

  • Her Codename was “Moses”

Harriet Tubman is best known for her role in helping slaves escape to the North.  As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, her code name was “Moses” because she led her people away from slavery.

  • She Had Narcolepsy

When she was a teenage slave, Tubman was hit in the head with a metal weight.  As a result of the injury, she suffered sleeping spells that were difficult to wake her from.  She considered the dreams she had during these spells religious visions, and her devotion was one of the motivating factors behind leading slaves to freedom.

  • She Was a Wanted Woman

Working the underground railroad was a risky business and highly illegal.  Nicknamed the “black ghost,” Tubman successfully evaded cops, dogs, mobs, bounty hunters, and slave catchers.  The bounty on her head was $12,000, equivalent to $330,000 today.

  • She Participated in the Civil War

Operating on the side of the Union, Tubman took an active role in the war, working as a scout, a nurse, a cook, and even a spy.  During her military service, her familiarity with the local flora helped her find a cure for the Union troops suffering from dysentery.  Her expertise also helped her treat those suffering from chickenpox, cholera, and yellow fever.

  • She Was the First Woman to Lead a Combat Assault

While under the command of Colonel James Montgomery, Tubman led 150 black Union troops across the Combahee River in South Carolina in June 1863.  With information from escaped slaves, Tubman was able to lead her troops around the Confederate traps.  The mission was successful, with 750 slaves freed and the estates of several influential secessionists burned to the ground.  Not a single Union troop was lost under Tubman’s guidance.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we remember the life and legacy of the great Harriet Tubman.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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