It’s Believed That Harriet Tubman Was Of Ashanti Descent , The Ashanti People were well known Warriors of Resistance Once Enslaved They Are Responsible and Participated in Several Rebellions in Slavery along with other known Resistant Groups like Igbo, Gullah Afrikans, Angolans, Kongolese , Mandinka , Fon , Ewe Perhaps She even Coulda been a Relative of the Ashanti Freedom Fighter Yaa Asantewaa Who Led a Majority Male Army Against the Capitalist Colonizers of Europe!!!!

Modesty, Tubman’s maternal grandmother, arrived in the United States on a slave ship from Africa; no information is available about her other ancestors. As a child, Tubman was told that she was of Ashanti lineage (from what is now Ghana), though no evidence exists to confirm or deny this assertion. Her mother Rit (who may have had a white father) was a cook for the Brodess family. Her father Ben was a skilled woodsman who managed the timber work on Thompson’s plantation. They married around 1808 and, according to court records, they had nine children together: Linah, Mariah Ritty, Soph, Robert, Minty (Harriet), Ben, Rachel, Henry, and Moses.

Rit struggled to keep her family together as slavery threatened to tear it apart. Edward Brodess sold three of her daughters (Linah, Mariah Ritty, and Soph), separating them from the family forever. When a trader from Georgia approached Brodess about buying Rit’s youngest son, Moses, she hid him for a month, aided by other slaves and free blacks in the community. At one point she confronted her owner about the sale. Finally, Brodess and “the Georgia man” came toward the slave quarters to seize the child, where Rit told them, “You are after my son; but the first man that comes into my house, I will split his head open. Brodess backed away and abandoned the sale.Tubman’s biographers agree that stories told about this event within the family influenced her belief in the possibilities of resistance.


Haki Kweli Shakur  3-10-52ADM #HarrietTubmanDay 2017 August Third Collective NAPLA