Harriet Tubman Quotes (50 quotes)
“I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say — I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.”
As quoted in Women's Words : The Columbia Book of Quotations by Women (1996) by Mary Biggs, p. 2
“I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.”
As quoted in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience (2003) by Henry Louis Gates and Kwame Anthony Appiah, p. 299
“I looked at my hands, to see if I was de same person now I was free. Dere was such a glory ober eberything, de sun came like gold trou de trees, and ober de fields, and I felt like I was in heaven.”
On realizing that she had passed out of the slavery states into the northern states - Harriet, The Moses of Her People (1886)
Harriet, The Moses of Her People (1886)
“There was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would take de oder; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when de time came for me to go, de Lord would let dem take me.”
As quoted in: Sarah Bradford, Harriet, the Moses of Her People (1969)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsHarriet Tubman
Died: 1913 (aged 93)
Occupation: Activist, suffragist
Bio: Harriet Tubman was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made more than thirteen missions to rescue more than 70 slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.