Unpaid Labor honors Harriet Tubman
The announcement was made on April 20, 2016 that Harriet Tubman will be honored. Her picture will be placed on the $20 bill. We at Unpaid Labor honor her too. She was a great woman. She was a strong woman. She was a wise woman. She was a brave woman. She was a woman of faith. She was a warrior. She was a nurse. She was an advocate for a woman’s right to vote. She was great at a time when everything stood against her being great. She was small. She was sickly. She was black. She couldn’t read. She was a slave. She was a servant.
To have your picture on the paper money of the United States of America is a big deal. History tells us that for that to happen you have to be a man. You have to white. It helps if you were a President of the United States or a man that helped to start our country. You have to be rich.
Harriet Tubman was born in 1822. She died in 1913. She was born a slave in the state of Maryland. She escaped to freedom in 1849. For the next 11 years she risked her life to go back to where slavery was legal to lead many slaves to freedom. A lot of people helped her along the way. After that she fought in the Civil War. Many of the slaves she helped to free in the Civil War joined the U. S. Army and helped to win the war and their own freedom.
Then she worked to help women to get the right to vote in the U.S. What a life and there is so much more.
Her picture will replace the picture of President Andrew Jackson. He owned slaves and now the picture of a slave will replace his picture. He’s not alone. Ten of the first 12 United States Presidents owned slaves and the only woman to have her picture on our paper money was the wife of a slave owner. Her name is Martha Washington, the wife of George Washington.
At UnpaidLabor.com we want to commemorate and honor those Americans of African Americans descent whose contributions help make it the richest and most powerful in the world. Come back to learn more.