Honoring Harriet Tubman, an American hero

CHURCH CREEK, Md. — Harriet Tubman’s mythological life is on clear display at the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, CBS News’ Chip Reid reports.

“What impresses you many about Harriet Tubman?” Reid asked Angelica Crenshaw, who works at the center.


Angelica Crenshaw

“Her resilience. She got knocked down so many times but she kept station up,” Crenshaw said.

Born into slavery, as a immature girl Tubman worked in the backwoods in brutal conditions.

“She had to know outside survival,” Crenshaw said.

That became a life-saver when she transient labour at age 27 and done the strenuous tour to Pennsylvania — and freedom.

Over the next decade, she regularly risked her life, returning to Maryland about a dozen times to rescue some-more than 70 family members and friends. She guided them north along the Underground Railroad, a secret network of trails, waterways and protected houses. 

Tina Wyatt, a approach successor of Tubman, brought her grandchildren to the core to learn them about their drastic relative.


Maddison Lewis, left, and Mackenzi Jackson, descendants of Harriet Tubman

“What’s it like to be a approach successor of Harriet Tubman?” Reid asked them.

“It’s really exciting,” pronounced Mackenzi Jackson.

“It’s awesome!” replied Maddison Lewis.

Wyatt took Reid to the circuitously Bucktown Village Store where as a child Tubman was hit in the conduct by a complicated weight thrown by a worker owner.

“Almost killed her,” pronounced Jay Meredith, who has incited the store into a Tubman museum. His ancestors owned slaves in the area.


Tina Wyatt, left, and Jay Meredith

“Enslaved, about 5 foot tall, and hunted,” Meredith said. “When you consider about Tubman and the adversities she overcame — that’s phenomenal.”

“Love, faith, family…  human rights. That’s her legacy,” Wyatt said.

A successor of slaves and a successor of worker owners — both operative to respect an American hero.

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