9 African-American Suffragists You Should Know


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In 1849, Harriet Tubman escaped slavery at age 29 and spent the next several years helping more than 300 others to flee human bondage as well via the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War, Tubman became a Union spy, and for that reason is known as the first African-American woman to serve in the U.S. military. In addition to her abolition work, Tubman also became a prominent activist for women's suffrage, traveling around the United States speaking on behalf of the cause and attending suffrage meetings and conventions. When once asked whether she believed women should have the right to vote, Tubman replied, "I've suffered enough to believe it."