Harriet Tubman died on this day in 1913

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In this photo provided by the Library of Congress, Harriet Tubman in seen in a photograph dating from 1860-75. A Chicago elementary school long named for a biologist who promoted racist ideology will be renamed for abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The renaming of Louis Agassiz Elementary School to Harriet Tubman IB World School comes as part of the Chicago Public Schools’ review of school names. (Harvey B. Lindsley/Library of Congress via AP)
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Born into slavery in 1822, Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist, humanitarian, and spy for the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Tubman escaped to freedom in the North in 1849, subsequently becoming a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses used by enslaved people to escape into free states and Canada. Tubman made several missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, using her knowledge of the southern landscape and its waterways to guide them to freedom.

The new Harriet Tubman monument, titled “Shadow of a Face,” by architect Nina Cooke John, stands in Newark, N.J., Thursday, March 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

After the Civil War, Tubman dedicated her life to helping Black communities and the elderly. She was a staunch advocate for women’s suffrage and spoke at the National Association of Colored Women’s first meeting in 1896. She died in Auburn, New York, on March 10, 1913.


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