On The Frontline of the Anti-Slavery Movement

Mary Elizabeth Bowser - A Hero Harriet Tubman is probably the most well-known African American woman recognized for leading slaves to freedom and fighting for the total abolition of slavery. Before Harriet Tubman, there was Sojourner Truth, born Isabella Baumfree in 1797, who after escaping slavery became a Christian, a speaker for the abolition of slavery and equal rights for women. However, there were many other lesser known women who became warriors in the fight for the abolition of slavery. One such brave woman was Mary Elizabeth Bowser. She was born a slave, Mary Elizabeth Richards, on the plantation of Eliza and John Van Lew in Richmond, Virginia, around 1839. A specific birthdate is u


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