Harriet Tubman, a slave and a Republican, is replacing President Andrew Jackson, a southern Democrat, on the front of the $20 bill. The Treasury Department announced that President Jackson’s portrait will be moved to the back of the bill where he’ll share the space with the White House.
“The decision to put Harriet Tubman on the new $20 was driven by thousands of responses we received.” More here: https://t.co/TrGmStQtJL
— Treasury Department (@USTreasury) April 21, 2016
Harriet Tubman was born, historians think, in 1822 to a Dorchester County, Maryland, family of slaves near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. She was the middle of nine children. At about the age of 27, she escaped and started the Underground Railroad, helping her family, then other slaves, escape to freedom.
During the Civil War, she was a nurse, a cook, and a scout, gathering intelligence for the Union. After the war, she was an activist in support of women’s suffrage. She died in 1913 and was buried with military honors, according to the Treasury Department.
Maryland has a number of places to visit that tell Harriet Tubman’s story. There’s a small Harriet Tubman museum in Cambridge, Maryland
The Maryland Park Service is working with the National Park Service in building a Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center on 17 acres near Blackwater Wildlife Refuge. That’s close the where she grew up. It’s expected to open March of 2017.
And you can follow her Underground Railroad route around the Chesapeake Bay using the Harriet Tubman Byway Guide put together by Dorchester County.
Here’s what you’ll see and experience these days on the Byway.