Knowing your American Heroes ~ Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross,) (1820 –1913) ~ by rldubour

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Friday!!~Time for an American Hero! In celebration of Black History Month today is:

Knowing your American Heroes

Harriet Tubman(born Araminta Ross,) (1820 –1913)

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Record keeping was very poor

For slaves in the United States.

Araminta Ross to slave parents

Both birth and death have conflicting dates.

Her fathers name was Ben Ross

Mother was Harriet (“Rit”) Green.

Born in eighteen twenty or twenty-five

Or somewhere in-between.

As a child she was often beaten

Married John Tubman in forty-four.

Changed her name to Harriet

Women’s suffrage she could not ignore.

Escaped to Philadelphia

In eighteen hundred and forty-nine.

Slowly returned to rescue

Her relatives’ one group at a time.

When the U.S. Civil War began

First a cook and then a nurse.

Later was an armed scout and spy

She proved to be quite diverse.

The first woman to lead and armed expedition

A raid on the Combahee…

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