This Month In County History

Harriet Tubman died 92 years ago

March 11, 2005

Marylander Harriet Tubman, the fugitive slave who is the subject of a mural dedicated at Annapolis City Hall yesterday, died on March 10, 1913, in Auburn, N.Y.

Tubman is best-known for leading fugitive slaves to freedom as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

She was revered among abolitionists, especially Quakers, who gave her money and shelter along the Underground Railroad network of safe houses that ran from Virginia and Ohio to the Northern states. John Brown, who died leading a slave raid in Harpers Ferry, called the fugitive leader "General Tubman." During the Civil War, Tubman acted as a spy for the Union and went as far south as South Carolina to lead a raid behind Confederate lines.

Tubman, born on an Eastern Shore plantation near Cambridge, was said to be in her early 90s when she died.

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