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"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised."
This Biblical passage describes Harriet Tubman.
Tubman was born in 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland.
She served as a abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the United States Civil War.
A slave, she was no exception to mistreatment.
At the age of 13, a slave owner threw a metal object at her head. The object, meant for another slave, hit Tubman on the forehead and she developed narcolepsy and the ability to remember vivid dreams. Tubman was a devout Christian and believed that God spoke to her during her dream state.
Making thirteen missions to the south, she rescued over seventy slave. Many times she would go into a deep sleep, but she was never captured.
Later, she would claim that these periods of sleep were forced states of rest given by God to protect her and the runaway slaves.
In the 1890's, she underwent surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
It is believed that she received no anesthesia for the procedure at her request, but instead bit on a bullet similar to the Civil War injured.
When the American Civil War began, she served in the Union Army ,first as a cook and then as a nurse.
After the Civil War she retired to her home in Albany, New York where she cared for her aging parents.
Tubman died in 1913 from pneumonia in the home she built for elderly African-Americans.
Unable to receive her pension from the government for her service in the Army, she died penniless, but after her death, she became an American icon.
David Patterson stated, "Harriet Tubman had the talent to escape her bondage, but she went back to the South over forty times to save her brothers and sisters from slavery. Her strategies are still studied at West Point Academy today."
We all have a purpose. Find yours!
by J. Nell Brown