“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you, he strength, the patience, an the passion to reach for the stars to change the world – Harriet Tubman.

You remember the story of Harriet Tubman, don’t you?

Harriet was born into slavery in 1822 and as a child was beaten and whipped by masters; at an early age she suffered a head wound when hit with a heavy object thrown by an angry Overseer–at another slave.  As a result of the injury, Harriet suffered from seizures and headaches but powerful visionary and ream activity, as well. She was a devout Christian and believed her visions and dreams were a gift from God.

In 1849 Tubman escaped to Philadelphia, then returned to Maryland to rescue her family. Slowly, one group at  a time, she brought relatives out of the state and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom.

Traveling by night and in extreme secrecy, Harriet (or Moses, as she was called) “never lost a passenger” as she later put it at women’s suffrage meetings.

Large rewards were offered for the capture and return of many of the people she helped escape but no one ever knew it was Harriet helping them…

With the advent of the American Civil War, Harriet worked for the Union Army as a cook and nurse and then as an armed scout and spy. She was the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war as she guided the raid on he Combahee River which liberated more than seven hundred slaves.

After the war, she retired to the family home in Auburn NY where she cared for her aging parents.

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