The Faces of Freedom WGN America's Underground is rooted in the real Underground Railroad events of American history. The new series, set during the pre-Civil War years, follows a group of slaves determined to escape from a Georgia plantation and travel 600 miles to freedom. With Noah (Aldis Hodge) as their leader, the slaves are also aided by an abolitionist couple, The Hawkes. Creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski teamed up with Grammy- and Oscar-winning musician John Legend to create modern music that will help tell a monumental part of U.S. history, with a powerful new perspective. Here are some of the characters on Underground who will defy their circumstances to fight for freedom.