Harriet Tubman Began Her Journey to Freedom 170 Years Ago Tuesday

Mural Outside Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center

CHURCH CREEK, Md. - The journey to freedom, civil rights and the right for women to vote started 170 years ago Tuesday when Harriet Tubman escaped from Maryland to Philadelphia. Tubman was 27-years-old when she faced separation from her family and was to be sold to settle her dead master's debt.

The Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center was opened in 1982 and is run by dedicated local volunteers who want to share Harriet Tubman’s story and preserve her legacy. Volunteer William Jarmon works at the center every day it's open.

"We give her credit for being what we call, a woman of faith, who loved her family, who loved her community, but also she loved freedom above all," said Jarmon. 

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center also educates visitors about her life. This week the center debuting the short film, "Harriet Tubman: Soldier of Freedom."

"It resonates with people. That's when she found the courage and the bravery to take her own freedom and what really solidified her in the upcoming years, becoming a successful conductor on the underground railroad," said Dana Paterra, manager of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park. 

After her escape, Tubman returned to save 70 people. Later Tubman recalled, "I was free, and they should be free."

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