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Harriet Tubman Centennial Celebration

Harriet Tubman is an American hero who represents the values and principles that this nation was founded on. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped in 1849, yet returned to help others find their freedom. Later she aided the Union in the American Civil War, was an activist for African Americans, and for women. Harriet Tubman died on March 10, 1913 in Auburn, New York.

As the centennial of her death approaches, the Florida Department of Education joins other states across the country to remember this important figure in American history. This page serves as a resource for educators and the general public to learn more about Harriet Tubman and remember her legacy.

See the Governor's Proclamation Honoring this event! (PDF, 62KB)

Poetry and Essay Contest

Congratulations to the Harriet Tubman Essay and Poetry Contest winners!

  • Corey Donahue - My Schoolhouse, LLC
  • Haley Hoffman - Western Pines Middle School
  • Melanie Norberto - Western Pines Middle School
  • Connor Tierce - Round Lake Elementary School

Harriet Tubman Facts

From February 1, 2013 until March 11, 2013 new Harriet Tubman fact and resource will be posted in this section.
  • Harriet Tubman Fact for February 3, 2013 - Over the course of ten years, Harriet Tubman aided over 300 slaves to freedom.
  • Harriet Tubman Fact for February 11, 2013 - At the age of 12 Tubman was hit on the head with a two-pound iron weight trying to help another slave escape. She suffered severe headaches and deep sleeping spells for the rest of her life.
  • Harriet Tubman Fact for February 18, 2013 - Harriet Tubman was born Araminta (Minty) Ross. After marrying John Tubman in 1844 she changed her name to Harriet after her mother.
  • Harriet Tubman Fact for February 25, 2013- Tubman warned her fugitives that if they thought about surrendering or returning, the penalty would be death. Harriet's most famous trip was when a passenger wanted to return back to his owner, Tubman was afraid that he would tell all he knew about the Railroad, so she pointed a gun at him and said "dead man tell no tales" the passenger changed his mind.
  • Harriet Tubman Fact for March 4, 2013 - John Tubman was not a slave, Harriet on the other hand worried often about being sold and her marriage being split. She would talk with John about moving North, but he had no ambition to. He threatened to tell her master if she escaped. Harriet's dream however was too large and in 1849 she escaped and left her husband behind. In 1851 she returned to their home to take John back up North with her, but found out that he had remarried.

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