“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.