Savior of Hundreds of SlavesHarriet Tubman is probably the most well-known of all the Underground Railroad's conductors. During a ten-year span Harriet Tubman made nineteen trips into the South and escorted hundreds of slaves to freedom. And as she proudly pointed out, in all of her journeys she "never lost a single passenger."
Image: Harriet Tubman Leading The Way
By artist Janice Huse
She was born Araminta Ross around 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland, on the plantation where her parents were enslaved. She later took her mother's name as her own: Harriet. At age five or six, she was "hired out" by her master as a nursemaid for a small baby. She had to stay awake all night so that the baby would not cry and wake the mother. If Harriet fell asleep, the baby's mother whipped her. Seven years later she was sent to work in the fields.