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When Minty reached her adulthood, she met a free man named John Tubman. *The two fell in love and married. Minty took his last name and changed her name to Harriet. She wanted to be free with her husband, so she made a plan for her brothers, her husband, and herself to runaway, but surprisingly, John refused. Harriet still ran away with her brothers, but halfway there, her brothers got tired and dragged Harriet back home, for she wanted to proceed. 
    Harriet decided to run a way again, but this time, solo. She left at night and followed the North Star  and moss. Her father had taught her as a child that moss only grows on the north side of a tree trunk. She made it to Pennsylvania and was happy that she was finally a "free"** woman. Little did she know, her journeys weren't over yet?.
    As Harriet walked the streets of free Pennsylvania, she ran into her brother in law. He asked her to go back and get his wife (her sister) and their children. Harriet thought about it and went back to get them. On her way back, her trip was much easier than her first. She had the help of other free slaves and Quakers. The provided her, her sister, and her nieces and nephews food, shelter, and hiding spots. Harriet finally got them to Pennsylvania and reunited them with there husband/father.
    People had heard about Harriet’s good deed  and asked her to go get others. Harriet would go back and forth bringing families back, and she proceeded for years. She was never caught.
        Her bravery earned her the name "The Moses of Her People." Moses led his people out of slavery as Harriet had.
After the Emancipation Proclamation, Harriet went on to help others with battles. She became a nurse, scout, and spy for the Union Army in the Civil War. She continued to help slaves escape during the war. When the South gave up, she raised money for African-American schools and moved back to Auburn.
    Harriet Tubman died on March 10, 1913.
Harriet helped many people and was very religious. She believed God gave her messages to go on her journeys. She is an American hero.

* Slaves were incourged to marry because male slaves were less rebellious and didn't usually run away. Slaves could remarry with no divorce too.
The jumping of the broom tradition comes from slave marriages.
**She was not legally free. She could still be caught and taken back whenever. African-Americans were not legally free unless they were born on free land or bought their way out.