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Harriet Tubman's home to be turned into a national park

MAKING HISTORY: Harriet Tubman

LESS THAN a week after Harriet Tubman was confirmed as the new face of the $20 bill, it has been announced that slave abolitionist's home is one step closer to becoming a National Historical Park.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed a general agreement on Friday (Apr 22) that will allow for the transfer of land to the National Park Service.

The agreement must be signed by the current owners of the New York land and then go to the state attorney general’s office for review, The Root reported.

New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand reportedly hailed the signing of the agreement, which came two days after the Treasury Department announced Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Senator Schumer said the park could open by the end of the year.

Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland, escaped as an adult, and subsequently made some thirteen missions back to Maryland to rescue 70 enslaved families and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

HISTORIC: A photograph of the Harriet Tubman Home in 1940

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