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Monday, March 14, 2005

Life of Harriet Tubman celebrated in Annapolis

By Jamie Stiehm Sun Staff Originally published March 10, 2005, 7:48 PM EST Four female descendents of Harriet Ross Tubman visited Annapolis Thursday to mark the state holiday honoring the famed fugitive slave who became a leader on the Underground Railroad."This is her day, her one day to celebrate," said Patricia Ross Hawkins, 43, of Cambridge, near where Tubman was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore. The exact date of her birth is unknown. Noting that Tubman died in her early 90s in Auburn, N.Y., on March 10, 1913, Hawkins added, "We don't know her birthday, so this is her day." This is the fifth year the state has marked Harriet Tubman Remembrance Day. Relatives said Thursday that Tubman escaped alone, using her wits, strength and starlight to guide her north, from the slave-holding farm where she'd worked the land until she was 25. Full Story:,1,5016313.story?coll=bal-local-headlines&ctrack=1&cset=true


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