Aisha Hinds (All The Way, Under the Dome, True Blood) will join the cast of WGN America’s hit drama series Underground in the role of Harriet Tubman.

Tubman escaped slaverytubman in the south during the 1800’s and returned countless times to rescue both family members and non-relatives from plantations in the south. She led hundreds of African Americans to freedom by traveling 90 miles to the North and made history as one of the main “conductors” of the Underground Railroad, an elaborate secret network of safe houses organized for that purpose.  She was an abolitionist, an activist, and an advocate for racial and gender equality.

I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” – Harriet Tubman

The 10-episode new season of Underground follows an unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice.

Joining the cast in Season 2 are recurring guest stars Jasika Nicole (Fringe) who will play a an abolitionist with a covert station along the Underground; Michael Trotter (Rosewood) who will star as a Biographer; and Jesse Luken (Justified) as Smoke, the fearless second in command of Patty Cannon’s infamous gang of slave catchers.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni, Alano Miller and ‎Jessica de Gouw will be returning to the series from Season 1.  Amirah Vann, who recurred in Season 1, has been promoted to series regular for Season 2, and Mark Blucas will guest star as John Hawkes.

Hinds recently starred in the HBO Emmy-nominated feature All The Way, and will be seen next in Fox’s event series Shots Fired.

Production on Season 2 begins Monday in Savannah, GA, and will premiere early 2017.