Emily Harvie Thomas married Richard Tubman, a wealthy planter, 18 years her senior. Upon her husband's death, she was left with a rather large estate. Richard left a gift of $10,000 to the University of Georgia on the condition that the legislature permit his estate to free all of his slaves. They refused and Emily tried to find places to help her slaves settle. Emily funded passage for almost 1/3 of her slaves to Liberia, West AFrica where they took the name of Tubman. The remaining slaves remained and worked for Emily.