Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County, Maryland in 1820.
Harriet started to work as a slave when she was six. She had always dreamed of escaping to the north where she could be free.
When she was 28 she had her chance.
Harriet had worked in the Union around the time of the Civil War. She worked in the South Carolina area. Before the Civil War, Harriet had made 19 trips and saved 300 slaves.
The "underground railroad" ( found in the Auburn, New York area) was the place she traveled with slaves. She had to disguise herself to be able to pass the slave catchers. She had disguised herself as a spy, a cook, a workman, a nurse and a scout. She would disguise herself until she could run to a house that would help her.
She was still legally a slave, but Harriet still took the risk of going back to the South. She managed to save her parents in 1865, when slavery was abolished.
This is how she became "the Moses of her people".
Harriet died in 1913.
When Harriet was asked how did she do it, she always replied, "I only went where God sent me."
Harriet risked her life for the lives of others. This is why she is so important.