Harriet Tubman was a force to reckon with and her legacy is astounding.
When it comes to true heroes, there are few who even come close to Harriet Tubman. Born into slavery, in Maryland, she managed to design her own escape and became free in 1849. Since then, she dedicated her life to the cause of helping others and became a conductor in the Underground Railroad system of the country that helped free thousands of enslaved people over the years.
Violence and hatred were a part of her childhood growing up in plantations and she carried the physical scars of being lashed throughout her life. She had married a freed slave, named John, in 1844, but it is believed that he chose not to escape with her but stayed back in Maryland with his new wife.
In the decade after 1850, it is believed that she made 19 trips over the Underground Railroad network from the South to the North, leading numerous families to freedom. Nicknamed 'Moses' for her work, she managed to help over 300 people during the course of her trips.
Harriet, in 1969, married a Civil War veteran named Nelson Davis and the couple adopted a baby girl Gertie in 1874. Harriet was also an armed scout and spy for the Union Army during the American Civil War. In her later years, she was a champion advocate of women's suffrage movement and was vocal about women getting the right to vote.
Harriet, today, remains one of the most iconic personalities of the last century and a revered figure for the work she did. She was a fierce warrior in her own right and has remained an inspiration for generations of people who fight to do the right things.