On Christmas day, 1854, she brought away her three brothers, Ben, Henry, and Robert; two years later she brought away her parents, who were at risk of arrest for aiding other runaway slaves. Tubman tried, unsuccessfully, to bring away her remaining sister Rachel and Rachel’s two children, Ben and Angerine, throughout the 1850s. On her last rescue mission in December 1860, Tubman arrived in Dorchester County only to discover that Rachel had died. Unable to retrieve Rachel’s children, Tubman instead brought away the Ennals family, including a small infant who had to be drugged with paregoric to keep it quiet as they hid in the woods as slave patrols passed by.
New Afrikan General Harriet Tubman was not waiting for Donner or Blitzen The physical chains of slavery had on Christmas Day, 1854, she different type of “yuletide” spirit. was in Dorchester County, And on Christmas, they asked Maryland, in secret assembly themselves a question rarely asked in with seven enslaved Africans America: “ On His birthday, what would whose captor was considered Two of those were Harriet’s the own blood brothers and she came to lead them out of bondage—she would eventually she would eventually lead 300 Africans out of American slavery.
Hundreds of miles they traveled, hiding in ditches and caves in the day, sneaking through forests and fording through streams in the night. She was ever watchful of the roving bands of Whites—called paddyrollers—who with their bloodhounds watched out for escapees and sought to earn the bounties the captured runaways would bring.
Harriet Tubman, even with a reward of $12,000 on her head (that’s $300,000 today!), kept asking herself, “What would Jesus do?” and she persevered Northward. The isolated network of houses of free Blacks that made up the Underground Railroad provided some respite, but the abhorrent Fugitive Slave Law deputized every White citizen—North and South—making them into legal slave catchers.
Ultimately, Sister Harriett and her companions crossed the bridge at Niagara Falls and made it into Canada, where the law gave Blacks a measure of freedom. Their Christmas song was true…