Harriet Tubman: The New Face Of The 20 Dollar Bill

Harriet Tubman: The New Face Of The 20 Dollar Bill

Kate Ryle, Staff writer

Harriet Tubman is a very important person in our history, as many people know. Recently, administration has urged the distribution of Harriet Tubman’s face on the 20 dollar bill to continue. First, let’s look into Tubman’s history!

A brief timeline of events:

1820-1822: Harriet Tubman is born

Tubman’s exact date of birth is unknown, however, it is estimated that she was born anywhere from 1820 to the year 1822. Her parents named her Araminta Ross. She was one of nine children born into slavery at this time.

1844: Harriet Tubman’s first marriage

Harriet ended up marrying John Tubman, a free African American. This is important because this is how her name ended up as “Harriet Tubman.” She took her mom’s name, Harriet, in honor of her. She inherited her husband’s last name and thus became Harriet Tubman. Her marriage did not last because John refused to join her in an escape.

1849: Harriet Tubman escapes

In 1849, Harriet’s mother passed away. She and her brothers feared they would be sold, so they escaped to Pennsylvania, and did so successfully.

1850-1860: The Underground Railroad

Even though she was free, Tubman was not happy knowing that everyone else was still enslaved. She went back to the plantation, and for the next ten years, brought as many slaves as she could to freedom. “Tubman used the skills she learned while observing the stars and working in the fields and woods to guide people to freedom. She also gave instructions to slaves who eventually found their way to freedom. She later claimed to have never lost a passenger on the Underground Railroad.” (CNN)

1860-1865: The Civil War

In the Civil War, Tubman worked as a scout, nurse, spy and cook. She also helped rescue over 700 slaves during this time.

1869: Harriet Tubman’s second marriage

In 1869, Tubman married Nelson Davis, a civil war veteran. They eventually adopted a baby girl named Gertie.

1890s: Women’s movements

The Women’s Suffrage movement was something Tubman became very involved in. She even worked alongside Susan B. Anthony!

1913: Harriet Tubman’s passing

In 1913, Tubman passed away in Auburn, New York.

Harriet Tubman’s impact on society has been very important. It is important to learn about her past in order to fully understand why she is going to be part of something as huge as the 20 dollar bill. This act was stopped by the Trump Administration back in 2016, but is being reopened now by our President, Joe Biden.