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Harriet Tubman


If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going. Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (nicknamed Moses) was an African American born into slavery in Maryland, USA. She eventually escaped and encouraged other slaves to escape from slaveholders. Although she had no education, she was wise and knew that freedom was worthwhile. Harriet subsequently and successfully organized more than 10 rescue missions which led to the freedom of over 70 slaves.

Despite the efforts of the slaveholders to apprehend her, Harriet and the runaways she assisted were never captured. Years later, she told an audience, “I was conductor* of the Underground Railroad* for 8 years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say – I never ran my train off the track and never lost a passenger.”

Now, this is a true hero! I spent the week reading about her life’s work. I realised that a bold man is he that is willing to take risks, confront the threats and his fears while working to do the right thing. What’s the right thing? Being a human!

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*The Underground Railroad is not a real railroad per se. It was an escape route for slaves seeking freedom. *Conductors (those who guide and aid runaway slaves from one safe house or ‘station’ to another) and abolitionists, work on this metaphorical railroad.

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