HARRIET TUBMAN COMMEMORATIVE COINS

The eagerly awaited redesign of the $20 bill, featuring the iconic Harriet Tubman, may still be years away. To bridge the gap, the U.S. Mint has taken a remarkable step by unveiling three commemorative coins in honor of Tubman this year.  These coins not only mark the bicentennial celebration of Tubman’s birth but also pay tribute to her extraordinary life as a dedicated abolitionist.

 

Harriet Tubman, born into slavery in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, made a daring escape to freedom in 1849 by following the North Star. Her courage extended beyond her personal emancipation as she risked her life to guide numerous African Americans to liberty. Tubman’s return to the South to assist others in their pursuit of freedom showcased her unwavering commitment to the abolitionist cause.

 

As visitors today trace the footsteps of this famed abolitionist along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, they encounter numerous sites in Maryland, with additional stops in Delaware and Pennsylvania. The historical significance of these locations serves as a testament to Tubman’s bravery and the Underground Railroad’s pivotal role in emancipating enslaved individuals.  The decision to feature Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill has been in the federal authorities’ contemplation since 2016.  His initiative aims to replace President Andrew Jackson, a slaveholder responsible for the forced expulsion of thousands of Native Americans from their land.

 

The historical representation on U.S. paper money has predominantly featured portraits of white men, and Tubman’s proposed redesign is expected to bring a much-needed shi in this narrative. However, the wait for this significant change is anticipated to extend until 2030. In the interim, the U.S. Mint has introduced a series of commemorative coins, including a $5 gold coin, a $1 silver coin, and a half-dollar clad coin, each highlighting distinct chapters of Harriet Tubman’s remarkable life.  The front of the silver dollar captures Tubman in a statuesque pose, extending her hand, while the reverse side depicts silhouettes crossing a bridge formed by clasping hands beneath the Little Dipper constellation.

 

This artistic representation symbolizes Tubman’s reliance on the North Star during her escape to freedom and her subsequent role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.  e half-dollar coin delves into Tubman’s involvement in the Civil War, portraying her as a scout and spy for the Union Army. On one side, she is depicted holding a spyglass, emphasizing her crucial role in gathering intelligence. The other side commemorates the Combahee River Raid, a historic event where Tubman led an expedition that successfully rescued more than 700 enslaved individuals.

 

The portrayal of Tubman at the forefront of two boats on this coin serves as a poignant reminder of her groundbreaking leadership during this critical moment in history. The gold coin, representing Tubman’s life during the Civil War, features her face on the front.  The reverse side showcases two weathered hands grasping each other, symbolizing Tubman’s enduring altruism.  This poignant imagery pays tribute to her post-war efforts in advocating for civil rights and humanitarian causes. Beyond their symbolic significance, the sale of these commemorative coins is expected to contribute to meaningful causes.

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

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