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03.01.22

History co-sponsored by the Senators Bipartisan legislation last year to create commemorative coins to honor Harriet Tubman’s legacy as an abolitionist

Treasury to mint coins that will benefit Cayuga County’s Harriet Tubman Home and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Schumer, Gillibrand: Bill will ensure Harriet Tubman’s legacy in Auburn, NY continues to be preserved for generations to come

United States Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act went to the Senate. The senators explained that proceeds from the commemorative coins will benefit the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, New York, and further enable them to further their mission of preserving the history and legacy of Harriet Tubman’s life.

“The Harriet Tubman House is a beloved site in upstate New York that plays a vital role in educating the public and visitors from across the country about Tubman’s extraordinary life. I’m proud to have fought to officially establish Harriet Tubman National Historic Park in Cayuga County, and I’m proud to have continued that fight with this bill to ensure Tubman’s story in New York continues to to live. said Senator Schumer. “This legislation will serve the solemn purpose of ensuring that Harriet Tubman’s story continues to receive the recognition it deserves and the proceeds will help preserve her legacy at the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn for countless generations to come. “

“The Harriet Tubman House educates thousands of visitors each year about Tubman’s extraordinary life and legacy”, said Senator Gillibrand. “The proceeds from this coin will ensure that the story of her hard-fought fight for abolition and women’s suffrage lives on in Auburn and beyond. I am proud to have worked with Senator Schumer to pass this legislation and encourage all New Yorkers to visit Harriet Tubman National Historical Park to be inspired by Tubman’s heroism and moral leadership.

“In this bicentennial year of Harriet Tubman, it is tremendous that there is bicameral and bipartisan support for honoring her life and legacy with the commemorative coins. Tubman’s heroism, patriotism and activism are all part of of what made America We thank Rep. Katko and Rep. Meeks in the House and Senator Rosen, Senator Portman and Senator Schumer for their work in making the Tubman Bi-centennial Coin Act a reality. We look forward to working with treasury, corporate, and nonprofit partners to ensure these coins saturate America and become a cherished family keepsake.Again, many thanks to all who make of this a reality. Karen V. Hill, President and CEO, Harriet Tubman Home, Inc.

“As President of Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. and Presiding Bishop of New York State for Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church. The chosen church of FREE Harriet, we are happy to see the bipartisan support for our beloved patriot, Harriet Tubman, in her bicentennial! The three US Mint commemorative coins are the most appropriate! We are stewards of Tubman’s legacy. Our goal remains to find meaningful ways to share Harriet with freedom-loving people around the world. The coins are a symbol of Tubman’s quest for freedom, fairness and fate. The ideals of democracy. Dr. Dennis V. Proctor, President, Harriet Tubman Home, Inc.

the Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), alongside Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). Specifically, the legislation directs the U.S. Treasury Department to mint $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins, and half-dollar plated coins honoring Harriet Tubman’s legacy as a than abolitionist. All proceeds from the sale of coins issued will benefit The Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. in Auburn, New York and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, in order to fulfill and further their missions.

Schumer is a longtime supporter of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park. Schumer drafted and passed the initial legislation authorizing the establishment of the park. This legislation was passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in fiscal year 2015, which included a provision creating two National Historic Parks, one in New York and one in the Maryland. He then successfully pushed the Department of Justice to sign a land transfer agreement allowing the site to be established as an official unit of the National Park Service. In 2017, after years of advocacy, the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park was officially established.

Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization established by the Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church to manage and operate Mrs. Tubman’s farm. The Harriet Tubman House is responsible for sharing Harriet Tubman’s core values ​​with visitors through a guided tour of the property.

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