Harmar celebrates Black History.
Throughout February, we’ll be shining a spotlight on pioneers, innovators, difference makers, and history shakers that have shaped our world.
Harriet Tubman is one of the most well known and most celebrated luminaries of Black History. A world-renowned abolitionist, Ms. Tubman is most famous for her Underground Railroad that helped scores escape enslavement in the South.
Her heroic efforts to make the dangerous trip many times is made more amazing by the fact that Tubman suffered epilepsy.
After a particularly violent beating from a slave owner when she was a teenager before she was free, Tubman suffered a traumatic brain injury that would lead to epilepsy – marked by frequent seizures. Driven to do what was right, Ms. Tubman traveled the Underground railroad 13 times bringing more than 70 slaves to the north.
In addition, at the outset of the Civil War Tubman served as a nurse for the Union Army in Port Royal. She would later go on to serve as a spy for the Union Army.
While never treated fairly in the course of her life, Tubman was never deterred and believed she had a moral obligation to fight for what was right. In her later years, she became an activist for Women’s Suffrage.
Harmar celebrates Harriet Tubman.