Crossing Delaware December 27, 1854

On this day in 1854, while crossing Delaware, Harriet Tubman (also known as “Minty”) quietly took a breath after a solitary moment of prayer, opened her eyes and looked down at the ragged shoes on her feet. There wasn’t much left to them and she knew she would need another pair if she was going to make it to Philadelphia.

Two days had passed since she freed her brothers and six others from Caroline County, Maryland on Christmas.

She hoped God heard her prayer of gratitude, but also needing another pair of shoes as soon as possible. Looking up she surveyed the area around her, pursed her lips, and sat back in the carriage transporting them northward.