By Vernalee
Right on the money means that it was precise and exactly right. And that is exactly what happened when the United States Treasury decided to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the twenty dollar bill.
Tubman, who was born a slave around 1820, helped hundreds escape to freedom.
She will replace former President Andrew Jackson, a slave owner.
Think about the contrast … a woman who brought slaves to freedom replaces a slave owner ….what a startling and remarkable image whether on a $20 bill or not! Harriet Tubman will be featured on the front of the $20 bill while President Jackson’s image will be relegated to the back.
We best know Harriet Tubman for her role in smuggling slaves to safety via the Underground Railroad. But her role in the US civil war was just as remarkable.
She operated as a scout for the Union forces, often behind enemy lines, most notably guiding the dramatic armed raid at Combahee Ferry in South Carolina in which three gunboats evaded Confederate positions and liberated more than 700 slaves. Incredible, I’ll say!
For the record, the women last depicted on US bills were former first lady Martha Washington, on the $1 silver certificate from 1891 to 1896, and Native American Pocahontas, in a group photo on the $20 bill from 1865 to 1869.
Harriet Tubman – I along with countless others salute you. It proves that sometimes you have to go “under” to rise to the top!
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