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Wayne Dupree’s Top People That Changed the Course of U.S. History

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Harriet Tubman

I was raised seven miles from Harriet Tubman’s birthplace in Bucktown, MD and always held her in the highest regard. In 1849, she ran away with the help of a friendly white woman when she thought she was going to be sold. I remember as a kid hearing tales of the Underground Railroad and how she was its first “conductor.” She followed the North Star during the night which led her to freedom.

She returned to get her sister, brother, and other slaves who wanted freedom. At one time, she returned to free her husband, but he had married someone else after she had been gone for a while. Her legacy of being a doer and not a talker is one that always intrigued me and I am proud to have her as a hero.

PBS points out: “During a ten-year span she made 19 trips into the South and escorted over 300 slaves to freedom. And, as she once proudly pointed out to Frederick Douglass, in all of her journeys she “never lost a single passenger.”‘

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