Welcome to Bound For the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero
Harriet Tubman is best known as
one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad. Her successful,
secret journeys into Maryland during the 1850s to rescue enslaved women, men,
and children earning her the biblical name "Moses," immortalizing her
in the minds of Americans and people around the world for well over one hundred
and fifty years. Born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Tubman
gained international acclaim during her lifetime as an Underground Railroad
operator, abolitionist, Civil War spy and nurse, suffragist, and humanitarian.
After escaping from enslavement in 1849, and driven by her love of family,
freedom, community, and faith, Tubman dedicated herself to fighting for liberty
and equality for the remainder of her long life, securing her place among the
nation's most famous historical figures.
Harriet Tubman refused to be bound by the chains of slavery, or by the low expectations limiting the lives of women and African Americans. Struggling against amazing odds, and never wavering from her commitment to liberation and civil rights, Harriet Tubman fought for what we as Americans hold dear: freedom, equality, justice and self-determination. In March, 2013, a National Monument named in her honor was established by President Barack Obama, finally placing Tubman, a true American patriot, rightfully among our nation's most beloved heroes. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument is located in Dorchester County, Maryland.
This honor was followed by the establishment of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks by Congress in December 2014. Now Harriet Tubman has been accorded the highest park service designation - a National Park. In fact, she now has two sister parks - one on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and one in Auburn, NY which includes her residence, Home for the Aged, her church, Thompson AME Zion Church, and grave site.