Harriet Tubman died of pneumonia in 1913. Born into slavery in the 1820's, she escaped at age 30 and went on to become a leading figure in the anti-slavery movement. After spending 10 years helping other slaves escape via the Underground Railroad, she also served as a nurse and spy during the Civil War.
Harriet Tubman was born in Maryland. Forced to work when she was just 6 years old, she was often beaten when she did not work hard enough. She was 25 years old when she was married, however when she decided to escape slavery approximately five years later, her husband, who was not a slave, did not want to leave with her. Harriet still managed to escape despite his promises to tell her master if she tried to run off. Once free, she spent many of her remaining years helping other slaves escape to the North as well.