HARRIET TUBMAN


It happens in the middle of the nineteenth century.
She escapes. Harriet Tubman carries with her as souvenirs the scars on her back and a crack in her skull.
She leaves her husband behind. He tells her:
“You’re crazy. You can get away, but you won’t live to tell the tale”.
She escapes, tells the tale, returns to Maryland, and rescues her parents, Ashantis captured in Africa. She returns again and rescues her brothers. Nineteen trips she makes from the plantations of the South to the lands of the North, travelling at night, night after night, freeing more than three hundred blacks over ten years.
None of her fugitives is captured. People say Harriet cures exhaustion and regret with a gunshot. And people say she says with pride:
“I have never lost a single passenger.”
She has the highest priced head of her generation. Forty thousand dollars cold cash is the reward they offer.
No one collects it.
Her theatrical disguises make her unrecognisable, and she throws the bounty hunters off with false trails and routes never imagines.

Mirrors: Stories almost of everyone
(Eduard Galeano, 2009 p. 166-167)
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I thought Harriet is one fictional character.
She is not.
I went on Google, and I found this: Harriet Tubman.
Even more, she saved 700 people.
This is what she says,
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
Harriet Tubman

I borrowed Harriet’s pic from this site. Thank you🙂

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