Born in Maryland, she was touted as a giant known as Moses. She was, in fact, a fi ve foot woman who heard the voice of God and listened to it, leading slaves out of slavery into freedom. She attributed the voice from having been beaten by the overseers who hit her forehead. The beating caused her to have “spells” and blackout when she heard the voice she interpreted to be her source of communicating with God. The movie demonstrates her listening to God and its positive effect.
At one point, Harriet was leading her group into a trap on a bridge. She stopped the group and took a different route. The change saved their lives and the ambush failed. She is rumored to have led over 70 slaves to freedom. It is alleged that “she would have led another 700, if they knew they were slaves.” A 40,000 dollar bounty was offered for her capture and conviction. No one collected.
Harriet Tubman is one of my heroes because she succeeded right under the noses of white slavers owners. Most of her liberations were in front of them. She liberated the slaves out of South Carolina, one of slavery’s strongholds.
It’s good to see Hollywood come to the rescue of some Black heroes such as Harriet and the better-known, Underground Railroad. One little known facts about Harriet Tubman is that she loved apples, that she was to have a US dollar bill named after her, but Donald Trump stopped it. A US postage stamp in 1978 was printed with her image. The Tubman story is just one of many fascinating Black history stories we don’t get in school. Another is of Stage Coach Mary, a black woman named Mary Fields who drove a stagecoach. Her story is fi lled with its own heroics including Stage Coach Inn where slaves were hidden until they could safely pass.
Harriet lived in New York until 91 years old and died in 1913. She was motivated to be free and to see her people free. This brought her to her career as a slave liberator on the Underground Railroad. Her career was signifi cant in the history of America. She is recognized as a national hero and is seen as such in the Underground Railroad Museum in Detroit, MI.
The movie, “Harriet,” is playing in theaters throughout Los Angeles County. Check local listings.