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Tubman escapes slavery, traveling to Philadelphia

10/01/1849

“…Tubman fled, probably working her way north as far as safely possible during the night. When Tubman reached the first safe house, the woman of the house asked her to sweep the yard – a deceptive tactic that helped mask Tubman’s purpose while she waited for the woman’s husband to return from the fields. When darkness fell, the man loaded his wagon, covering Tubman so that she could not be seen and took her to the next sympathetic home...Traveling mostly at night, following the North Star and stopping at each new house she was directed to, Tubman finally crossed the border and into freedom in Pennsylvania.”

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