Harriet Tubman Davis
(1820/22–1913) Harriet was named Araminta "Minty" by her enslaved parents, Ben and Rit Ross. Nearly killed at the age of 13 by a blow to her head, Minty recovered and grew strong and determined to be free.
Changing her name to Harriet upon her marriage to freeman John Tubman in 1844, she escaped five years later when her enslaver died and she was to be sold. One hundred dollars was offered for her capture. Vowing to return to bring her family and friends to freedom, she spent the next ten years making about 13 trips into Maryland to rescue them. She also gave instructions to about 70 more who found their way to freedom independently. A lifelong humanitarian and civil rights activist, she formed friendships with abolitionists, politicians, writers, and intellectuals. She knew Frederick Douglass and was close to John Brown and William Henry Seward. She was particularly close with suffragists Lucretia Coffin Mott, Martha Coffin Wright, and Susan B. Anthony.
Harriet traveled to New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. to speak out in favor of women's voting rights. She described her actions during and after the Civil War, and used the sacrifices of countless women throughout modern history as evidence of women's equality to men. When the National Federation of Afro-American Women was founded in 1896, Tubman was the keynote speaker at its first meeting.
Fort Hill Cemetery
Section: West Lawn C
19 Fort Street, Auburn, NY 13021