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“I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive ...”
“I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom, I was a stranger in a strange land ...”
“I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say — I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.”
“I freed thousands of slaves, I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.”
“When I found I had crossed that line [to freedom], I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over every thing; the sun came like gold through the trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in Heaven.”
“On my underground railroad I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger.”
“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there's shouting after you, keep going. Don't ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.”
Harriet Tubman, U.S. abolitionist, hero of Underground Railroad, Union spy, nurse, lecturer
(1820 - 1913)
Real name: Araminta Ross.