Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Harriet Tubman's Saint Day -
June is the month for Harriet Tubman's Saint day on the Episcopal Church calendar. Did you know that she was a famous conductor on the underground railroad who led hundreds of slaves to freedom in Canada?
Harriet Tubman was born very near where I live. I attended the service at Christ Episcopal Church when Harriet was made a saint. Seated within the sanctuary were the descendants of the people who had considered Harriet and her brothers and sisters property, while the voices of a choir made up of descendants of slaves sang her “code” song, “Go Down, Moses,” that she had used as a signal she was in the area. Everyone there had come to honor Harriet. All of us shivered as the music and tales of her deeds touched us.
Did you know that Harriet carried both her parents to safety when they were in their 80's and unable to walk far. She stole a horse and wagon and got them aboard a train in Delaware with falsified papers. Dauntless was the word for Harriet Tubman.