100 Years Later, Harriet Tubman Still Inspires by Jill Jasuta
Centennial celebrations in Dorchester and Caroline counties will honor this American hero in 2013. Your heart is pounding. Your legs ache from walking all night. The winter night’s chill has seeped into your bones. A sliver of moon is all that lights your way through the Eastern Shore marshland. It’s so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face. With every step you fear that the dogs will pick up your scent and you’ll be hauled back to the brutal shackles of slavery ~ or worse. The only thing that keeps you going on this journey toward freedom is the unwavering courage and determination of the woman who leads you carefully, yet confidently through the serpentine marshes. This is the woman they call the Moses of her people. This unassuming woman, barely five feet tall, with a revolver stuffed into the waistband of her skirt, has already led others out of slavery to freedom. And now, God willing, it’s your turn.
Photo of Harriet Tubman taken around 1885. Escaping to freedom Harriet Tubman had everything against her. Born into slavery in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, she never learned to 37