“I’ve been firing up a long time for my journey, but now I’m almost home. God has shown me the Golden Chariot. Arouse, awake, sleep no more; Jesus does all things well.” After a moment’s hesitation, she continued: “Tell the women to stand together, for God will never forsake us.”
Harriet Tubman, reported by Mrs. Mary B. Talbert, president of the Empire State Federation and the National Association of Colored Women. February 26, 1913
(New York Age, 27 Feb 1913, Thu)
“I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say — I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.” Harriet Tubman at a suffrage convention, NY, 1896.
“I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.” Harriet Tubman to Sarah Bradford in Harriet, The Moses of Her People 1886
“…there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land; and my home, after all, was down in Maryland, because my father, my mother, my brothers, and sisters, and friends were there. But I was free, and they should be free.” Harriet Tubman to Sarah Bradford in Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman, 1868
“Slavery is the next thing to hell.” Harriet Tubman to Benjamin Drew, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, 1855
“I grew up like a neglected weed, – ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it. Then I was not happy or contented.” Harriet Tubman to Benjamin Drew, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, 1855
“..and I prayed to God to make me strong and able to fight, and that’s what I’ve always prayed for ever since.” Tubman to Ednah Dow Cheney, SC, 1865
“God’s time [Emancipation]is always near. He set the North Star in the heavens; He gave me the strength in my limbs; He meant I should be free.” Harriet Tubman to Ednah Dow Cheney, New York City, circa 1859.