Harriet Tubman became famous as a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad during the turbulent Born a slave on Maryland's eastern shore, she endured the harsh existence of a field hand, including brutal beatings. In 1849 she fled slavery, despite a
Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies, photographed by Camille Silvy, 1862 Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies was a child born into a royal West African dynasty. She was orphaned in when her parents were killed in a slave-hunting war. She was around five years
1820 - A fugitive slave who, at great peril to herself, helped nearly 300 slaves escape the South via the Underground Railroad, she was also a Civil War spy and nurse; a promoter of education, though illiterate; and a campaigner for women's suffrage.