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Monday, February 25, 2008

Harriet Ross Tubman Stamp

Harriet Tubman (birth name Araminta Ross) was born sometime in 1820. She was born into slavery near the Blackwater River in Dorchester County, Maryland. She was one of nine children born to Ben Ross and Harriet Green. During the years of slavery, birthdates and places of birth were not recorded for slaves.

She spent her early childhood being rented out to other nearby farmers. As a young child she was beaten repeatedly by her various owners. One such attack yielded her a traumatic head wound when she was hit by a metal weight that was intended for another slave. She suffered from headaches and seizures for the remainder of her life. She is also known to have visions that she proclaimed were messages from God.

In 1849, tired of being a slave, Harriet Tubman escaped to Philadelphia. She then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue her family. Traveling only at night, and in complete secrecy, she managed to bring groups of relatives out of the state. In total, she made thirteen rescue missions and rescued over three hundred slaves. They used the network of safe houses known as the Underground Railroad for their escape route.

After the Fugitive Slave Law was passed in 1850, she helped guide newly freed slaves into Canada and helped the remaining slaves find work so they could support their family.

Harriet Tubman was a Union Spy during the Civil War. She was an abolitionist and a humanitarian who fought for the rights of all people. She died on March 10, 1913 at her home in Auburn, New York.

The Harriet Ross Tubman stamp commemorates her life.



Blogger Donald said...

There are several error stamps of this stamp issue. They include her name partially missing, incorrect or no color (mostly omitted yellow), the 'bearded' Tubman, the Goateed Tubman, and the infamoue "White Tubman". I have seen only one bearded White Tubman. If you should have or find any of the above stamps please contact Donald

5:30 PM, December 11, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a harriet tubman stamp of the thirteen cent denomination email me at jodyrosen0915@gmail.com

8:46 PM, March 18, 2009


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