General | Cape May (1822 – 1913)
Born in Maryland, Harriet Tubman became a leading African-American abolitionist who helped liberate scores of slaves through a network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. Using Cape May as her base, she led expeditions into Maryland, bringing slaves to freedom and serving as an inspiration for others to escape. She was the first American woman to plan and lead a military operation, a raid that freed more than 700 slaves. While she spent only a few years in New Jersey, we are proud that her reputation as an icon of freedom and courage began here and proud to have her so well known by schoolchildren across the state.