Tubman, Harriet National Historic Person

St. Catharines, Ontario
Tubman, Harriet Araminta © Expired
Tubman, Harriet Araminta
© Expired
Harriet Tubman (left), with slaves she helped rescue © Bettmann Archives Inc.Tubman, Harriet Araminta © Expired
Address : 92 Geneva Street, St. Catharines, Ontario

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2005-08-03
Life Date: 1820 to 1913

Other Name(s):
  • Tubman, Harriet Araminta  (Other Name)
Research Report Number: 2004-001

Importance: Courageously led many refugees from American slavery to safety; became the public face of the Underground Railroad in British North America


Existing plaque: Salem Chapel, British Methodist Episcopal Church On the northeast corner of Geneva Street and North Street, St. Catharines, Ontario

Born on a Maryland plantation, Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become one of the great heroes of the 19th century. The most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, she courageously led many of the people she rescued from American slavery on dangerous, clandestine journeys to safety and freedom in Canada. Tubman helped these Black refugees settle after their arrival and played an active role in the fight to end slavery. She became the public face of the Underground Railroad in British North America, attracting attention and funding to the abolition movement.