Harriet Tubman, the New Face of the $20 Bill

Harriet Tubman, the new face of the $20 bill, was a longtime New Yorker.

Renowned for her role in the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman lived more than half her life in New York State. She purchased the property for her home at 182 South Street in Auburn, Cayuga County, in 1859 from Senator William Seward; she later acquired additional land and established a home for the aged and infirm at 180 South Street, where she died in 1913. Both properties have been designated National Historic Landmarks. Harriet Tubman is buried at Auburn’s Fort Hill Cemetery. The History Room of Auburn’s Seymour Public Library has a Harriet Tubman Collection that includes books, magazines, newspaper clippings, photographs and documents. A collection description is here, along with a bibliography of books and articles about Harriet Tubman.




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