Left to right: Harriet Tubman; Gertie Davis [Tubman's adopted daughter]; Nelson Davis [Tubman's husband]; Lee Cheney; "Pop" Alexander; Walter Green; Sarah Parker ["Blind Auntie" Parker] and Dora Stewart [granddaughter of Tubman's brother, John Stewart]. NYPL. Digital ID: DS_03SCPORT.Freedom was a very hard and dangerous trek. Do you think you could make it if you had to try?
If you didn’t have someone like Harriet Tubman, also known as Moses, to help you, would you still be able to go through the dangerous journey? Imagine yourself a slave in the fields, hearing the song “Steal Away,” the signal that it is your turn to get away. It’s now your turn to follow the "Drinking Gourd,” also known as the Big Dipper, North to your chance for freedom. There are also rules that you must be careful to remember — how to find a safe station was one, and learning the importance of wading in the water was another. If you were lucky enough to make it to Canada, you might have wanted to sing the song “No Auction Block for ME.”
I hope that I would have been strong enough to make it up North. But I’m glad someone in my family definitely was. To learn more about Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, and Songs of Freedom, check your local library for books, music, and much more.