HARRIET TUBMAN was born a slave in 1819 or 1820, in Dorchester County, Maryland and is believed to have had a traumatic childhood with regular beatings starting at the age of six.
At 30, fearing she would be sold South, Harriet made her escape and settled in Philadelphia, where she met William Still, the Philadelphia Stationmaster on the Underground Railroad (UGRR).
With his assistance and other members of the Philadelphia Anti-Slavery Society, she learned about the workings of the UGRR, where she became a famous "conductor" leading hundreds of slaves to freedom.
"No one struck more fear in the hearts of slave owners like Harriet Tubman, because for the first time, they had to deal with the fact that these people going to rebel," Reverend and civil rights activist, Al Sharpton said.
He added: "She remains an inspiration because she is a woman whose sheer determination freed people against all odds".