Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in 1820 or 1821. At a young age she suffered a severe head injury and suffered seizures the rest of her life. She escaped slavery in 1850 and worked as a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad in Maryland. She was illiterate, but employed coded songs to communicate with her followers. Along with Union General James Montgomery she raided a ferry and freed over 700 slaves in a day. She was financially destitute her entire life. Despite this, she frequently traveled at her own cost to Washington D.C. and New York City to lecture on women's suffrage. She spent her final years in a rest home she had previously founded to help the elderly. She died March 10th, 1913. She was buried with military honors.