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Freedom Center supports bill that would perpetuate legacy of prominent freedom hero
Legislation to mint Harriet Tubman coin passes in US Senate
CINCINNATI — Freedom hero Harriet Tubman is poised to assume her rightful place among America’s pantheon of heroes. The Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act was passed by the United States Senate last evening by a voice vote. The bipartisan bill celebrates Tubman’s legacy by creating a series of commemorative coins in honor of the extraordinary achievements of her lifetime and her profound impact on the history and culture of our country. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center applauds the passage of the bill by the Senate and hopes the House will follow suit before the 200th anniversary of Tubman’s birthday on March 10. The Freedom Center will be a recipient of the surcharges raised by the sale of the coins, advancing its mission and perpetuating Tubman’s legacy to inspire the next generation of freedom conductors.
“Harriet Tubman is one of the most revered figures in American history and in the ongoing fight for inclusive freedom,” said Woodrow Keown, Jr., president and COO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “The passage of this legislation in the United States Senate rightly enshrines her among our nation’s pantheon of heroes. It is an essential step in ensuring our national heroes reflect the true diversity of those who have contributed so significantly to our nation’s democracy.”