This framed oil painting depicts Underground Railroad "conductor" Harriet Tubman, leading a group of escaping southern slaves to freedom in the North. Born a slave in eastern Maryland, Tubman fled to the north but returned many times, leading as many as 300 runaway slaves to freedom. During daylight, runaways hid in barns or cellars of free Blacks and white abolitionists called stations. Station operators provided food, shelter, and safety. By night, conductors like Tubman led slaves to the next station. Some routes of the Underground Railroad brought escaping African American slaves through Michigan on their way to Canada, where slavery was illegal. The Underground Railroad operated from about 1830 until slavery was abolished in 1865.