Dorchester County’s Harriet Tubman Finds Home on $20 Bill

Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County, Maryland.

The US Treasury Department announced this week that Harriet Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

County Trivia: Harriet Tubman

Did you know that Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County, Maryland? She escaped her slave owners only to return many times to guide others to freedom.

According to biographer Sarah Hopkins Bradford, Tubman’s favorite song was Sweet Chariot. The song’s lyrics, “Swing low, sweet chariot/Coming for to carry me home” were used to guide slaves to freedom  on the underground railroad.

Dorchester County honors the strength, courage, and determination of this remarkable woman. As described by the Dorchester County Office of Tourism,

Underground Railroad ‘conductor’ Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County probably in the 1820s. . . After growing up on the Brodess Farm in Bucktown in Dorchester County, Tubman escaped from slavery and returned 13 times to lead other enslaved people to freedom using the secret network of people and sites known as the Underground Railroad. She later served as a Civil War spy and nurse, a suffragist, and a humanitarian.

The Dorchester County Tubman Museum and Educational Center is part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a self-guided, scenic driving tour with more than 30 sites related to freedom seekers in the 1800s.

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