Though many of her older siblings were born into slavery, Anna Murray was born free due to her parents' manumission. Determined and bright, Murray inspired the young Frederick Douglass to pursue his own freedom. Murray even helped Douglass escape to Massachusetts, where they were married in 1838. They remained devoted to each other for 44 years until Murray-Douglass' death. During that time, Frederick Douglass became a legendary social reformer, statesman, and author, and Murray-Douglass helped hundreds of fugitive slaves escape to Canada.