Born into slavery in 1820, Harriet Tubman fled Maryland to find freedom in Philadelphia in 1849. She spent the next 10 years making secret trips back to Maryland, leading over 300 escaped slaves north to freedom in Canada along the secret route to freedom known as the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War Tubman served the Union as a scout, spy and nurse. After the war, she retired to the family home in Auburn, New York, where she cared for her aging parents and became active in the women's suffrage movement until illness overtook her. Tubman’s success at shepherding others to safety earned her the nickname "the Moses of her People" and made her an inspiring and lasting symbol of the anti-slavery movement in this country.