"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.