“She always came in the winter, when the nights are long and dark, and people who have homes stay in them. Once she had made contact with escaping slaves, they left town on Saturday evenings, since newspapers would not print runaway notices until Monday morning.”
Harriet Tubman was a petite woman of five feet, who was disabled from a head injury in youth, and who was a former slave who escaped to her freedom.
In her free life, she became a conductor on the Underground Railroad, where over a span of 11 years she rescued hundreds of slaves.
Harriet was never captured and neither were any of the slaves she rescued.
“It may seem hard to imagine now, when cycling is but a footnote on American sports pages except when the Tour de France unfolds, but there was a time when there was no bigger attraction than…bicycle track racing and there was no bigger star than…Major Taylor.
Taylor was dominant like Babe Ruth; he made racial history like Jackie Robinson.
He was a compact, extraordinarily fit man. At 5 feet 7 inches, with muscles sculpted from winters of workouts, he had perfected an aerodynamic stance on the bicycle in which his back was perfectly flat and his head barely tilted up.”
He would become world champion at the 1-mile distance, and in one six-week period in 1899, he would establish seven world records.
Marshall “Major” Taylor was one of the best known athletes of his time.
Miep and Jan Gies met while working together at a textile company in the Netherlands. She was a typist, he an accountant. They were friends first, but after spending many nights together listening to Mozart and going to the cinema, the two started to settle into a relationship. On July 16th, 1941, they married. This photograph, which captures them staring at each other with loving eyes is from their wedding day.
Not long after their wedding, they would be asked to hide Anne Frank and her family. Miep’s reply to the request was “of course.”
She lived in Montana, in a town called Cascade. There she was a celebrated member of the community. All schools would close on her birthday, and though women were not allowed entry into saloons, she was given special permission to come in.
In 1895, at the age of 60, Mary Fields, or “Stagecoach Mary” as she was sometimes called because she never missed a day of work, became the second woman and first African American woman to work as a mail carrier in the U.S. She got the job because she was the fastest applicant to hitch six horses.