DOZ Issue 37 November 2018 - Page 16

DOZ Inspirational Biography Harriet Tubman By Mercy James D ark is the skin, beauty without blemish. Inner built, a heart filled with love. It was their sin for they became condemned to slavery with their souls crying for a way out. Still, in the agony of slavery, some stood to fight for what is right. Harriet Tubman was one of them. Harriet Tubman whose birth name is Araminta Ross was born in Dorchester County, Maryland in 1822. Like many other blacks, she was born into slavery. Nothing was available for her to inherit and make her proud but the pain and shame of slavery. Trauma is never a good experience, not even for adults. However, as a child, Harriet was subjected to a regular whipping routing by her master. This was the cause of trauma in her life. Others seem to have embraced their fate of life sentence, but deep within Harriet, she knew there was a world where love genuinely existed, and no hurt could come to you because of a crime you had not committed. But locked in chains, she could only imagine the beauty of such world. A life transformation took place the day a metal hit her on her head during a fight between two slaves. That very day, she was sentenced to a long life with a terrible partner called Hypersomnia, a sickness she never thought she would have. Something differentiates Harriet from many others. She was a devoted Christian who was seen as strange to many other slaves because of the gift of visions and revelations given to her by God. After living as a slave for years, in 1849, Harriet took a bold step that could have cost her, her life. DOZ Magazine | November 2018 She escaped from Maryland where she was a slave to Philadelphia where she could live as a freeborn. Unlike men that stayed to die a slave and those that fled without looking back, she demonstrated the strength of a woman by coming back to rescue her family and several other slaves. Through the dangers of the night, she took many slaves to a new home using the safe house (an underground railroad). Harriet was quick to move on with her life and leave her past behind. She became an antislavery activist (abolitionist) and used it as a weapon to set slaves free. She never lost any slave during her move to free them from chains. Harriet later proved that the word slave is nothing but a combination of letters. Real slavery is when your heart is in a chain. She joined the American Army and was part of those that fought during the civil war despite her medical condition. She served as a war scout and as a spy. Harriet was later awarded an Honorary General title. Harriet was many things before her death. She was a Nurse, Suffragist, and Civil Right Activist. She helped in guiding fugitives into British North America when the slave act of 1850 was passed. She participated in the Combahee Ferry raid, which liberated more than 700 slaves before her retirement from the military. Harriet died on March 10, 1913, as a mother, a wife, and a savior (she was known to the slaves as their Moses). She was born in chains. She left the shame and rose to fame. Free yourself. No physical chain is a barrier to greatness. Image source: www.nationalparks.org 16