“Look for that star shining north,” the tiny woman wrapped in a shawl told the shivering family of escaping slaves. “There’s good folks, long the way, abolitionists, who’ll help out ‘til we reach St. Catharines (Ontario, Canada).” “Abowlists?” “Folks who think owning a body’s wrong. They want slavery abolished”
“Star engine light?” the youngest asked. Harriet Tubman* smiled, “No real engine, honey. Because we get to freedom, and the masters don’t see no tracks, nor railcars, figure the railroad’s underground. I’m just one of them conductors.”
*Harriett Tubman is scheduled to replace slave-holding Andrew Jackson on the face of the twenty-dollar bill. The official design has not been released.