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Marylander Harriet Tubman honored with Google Doodle

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Harriet Tubman, the Marylander credited with leading hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad, was honored with a Google Doodle today.

The Google search engine periodically uses an artistic interpretation of its logo, known as the Doodle, to honor famous people or commemorate holidays and events. The Tubman-inspired logo that appeared Saturday features a drawing of Tubman holding a lantern against a night sky, with the letters made to look like tree branches.

Tubman, born into slavery in Dorchester County around 1820, escaped bondage through a network known as the Underground Railroad and later made 19 missions back to the Eastern Shore, leading about 300 slaves to freedom. In the Civil War, Tubman worked for the Union Army and led the Combahee River Raid, which freed more than 700 slaves in South Carolina.

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