Unity Place is celebrating African American History Month with a brief profile of one of anti-slavery’s brightest guiding lights: Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman’s resolve to deliver as many as possible from enslavement led to her becoming known as Moses among abolitionists of mid-19th century. Later in life, she devoted herself to women’s suffrage. Inequality, in whatever form, was intolerable to her.
Harriet Tubman was born into slavery, in Maryland, but escaped to Philadelphia. Though free herself, she could not bear the idea of her loved ones still enslaved and so returned to the south 13 times to lead family and friends from bondage. They traveled via the Underground Railroad, along which a collection of homes and safe-houses served as sanctuary stations for Tubman and her group as they traveled north.
Unity Place has something in common with Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad: It is a modern day refuge for those on the journey out of the shackles of addiction or the turmoil of mental illness. The staff cares deeply about those it treats and helps to guide them towards a lives marked by greater independence and fulfillment.
Throughout February’s celebration of African American History Month, we at Unity Place pay tribute to Harriet Tubman and others in the fight for civil rights whose own freedom was inseparable from others’.