Brooklyn Native of Grenadian Heritage, Lands Major Role

WGN America’s “Underground” returns for Season 2 with new cast member Aisha Hinds, who plays abolitionist Harriet Tubman alongside series stars Jurnee Smollet-Bell (Rosalee) and Aldis Hodge (Noah) in the drama series about the underground railroad.

“She is a hero and an icon,” says Hinds of Tubman who, in 2020, will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. “I didn’t even know that she died in Auburn, NY. She was able to run, find her way to freedom then live to tell the story. She died in a way where she felt dignified in a house that she owned.”

Hinds, 41, is a Brooklyn native of Grenadian heritage. After graduating from the University of Miami, she decided to pursue a show-biz career, moved to LA and got her big break when a casting director from “The Shield” checked into the Argyle Hotel and noticed Hinds, who was working as the night desk clerk (she’d had a similar job at the Waldorf Astoria).

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