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Re: Slaves freed by Harriet Tubman?

Actually, that is the wrong link - the article published at her death is at http://www.harriettubman.com/memoriam2.html

Tubman died on March 10, 1913, not 1908. The article you posted was for the opening of her Home for the Aged in Auburn, NY in 1908. You can also see the original of this article by searching at www.fultonhistory.com

The quote mentioning "3000" is as follows:

"With Thomas Garrett, the well known Quaker abolitionists of Wilmington, Del., she aided in freeing over 3,000 slaves, her personal conduct taking 300 of them into Canada."

At the time, Thomas Garrett was credited with helping about 3000 people escape, not Harriet. She participated in helping some of those 3000 through his home and office in Wilmington.

Again, we also now know, through significant primary documentation and research, including Tubman's own words in 1859, that she brought away about 70 people in 13 trips.

Kate Larson


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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