Harriet Tubman, a Woman of Faith and Courage

The Biden administration recently announced it will accelerate the process of replacing President Andrew Jackson’s image on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, at least on the front. Jackson would still appear on the reverse side. This plan was first announced under the Obama Administration but was halted by President Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

As the excellent 2019 film portrayed, Harriet Tubman was a towering figure of courage and faith who risked her own life and freedom, time and time again, to rescue men and women from slavery.

Tubman was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation in 1822. As a young girl, she was trained as a nursemaid and made to work driving oxen and trapping muskrats in the woods. Harriet’s owners frequently whipped her. She also endured the pain of seeing three of her sisters sold, never to be seen again.

Even as a child, Harriet demonstrated a strong rebellious streak, running away for days at a time. She may have learned this from her mother. When her owner attempted to sell one of her brothers, Harriet’s mother dissuaded the would-be buyer by announcing, “The first man that comes into my house, I will split his head open.” This may have been where Harriet learned that resistance to evil was not only right, but could even sometimes be successful. Harriet’s deep and abiding faith also came from her mother, who would tell her stories from the Bible.

At about 26 years old, when Harriett learned she might be sold away from her family, she made her escape along the Underground Railroad, traveling at night to avoid slave catchers and following the North Star until she reached Pennsylvania and freedom.

Once there, she made a dangerous choice. She decided to risk her own freedom in order to give others theirs.

For eight years, as America headed toward the cauldron of the Civil War, Tubman made many dangerous trips back to Maryland, leading scores of slaves north to freedom. During these trips she relied upon God to guide and protect her. She never once lost a runaway slave. As Tubman herself later put it, “I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.”

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Source: Christian Headlines