Cornerstones of Black History--Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman's life was a monument to courage and determination that continues to stand out in American history. This former slave became known as "the Moses of her people."

In 1819, Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland. Not only did she escape, but she played a major role in freeing the remaining millions of slaves. Risking capture and death at every turn, Tubman led more slaves to freedom than anyone else in history.

She first tried to escape the evil bondage of slavery when she was seven years old. Even though she was captured, savagely beaten and put to work as a field laborer, she never gave up. Twenty years later. She finally made her way to freedom.

But that wasn't enough. Instead of enjoying it, she went on to guide more than 300 runaway slaves to freedom, including her own parents. This brave woman became the conductor of the Underground Railroad. She was motivated by her sense of justice and duty rather than by a desire for personal gain and glory.

Reported by: Dawn Baker,