You probably know enough about Harriet Tubman to know that she is being put on the twenty dollar bill. It’s so exciting, especially since she’s the first black person, first woman, and one of the few committed Christians ever to be on our bills. Lately, I’ve been studying her life, and I realized that she absolutely, without a doubt, not only deserves this position, but needs to represent America on our money. I had to share what I learned with you all, dear readers! So here’s 7 huge reasons why Harriet Tubman needs to be on the 20 dollar bill.
1: Overcoming Narcolepsy
We all know how Harriet Tubman saved people from the horrors of slavery, but many don’t know that, while she battled with slavery, she also battled an inner disability: narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a dangerous condition that causes one to fall asleep unwittingly and, for Harriet Tubman, at the worse times. She wasn’t born with this problem. At twelve, a slave owner hurled an iron at her head, an event which almost cost her her life and left her with narcolepsy. Sometimes, when she was on dangerous rescue missions, she would suddenly collapse on the ground, asleep. This was a terrifying risk, but it didn’t stop her once.
2: No Turning Back
Never did Harriet Tubman ever fail those whom she guided, yet to keep them from giving she would sometimes have to threaten them with a rifle. She had to keep them from going back and being forced to betray information vital to the freedom of other slaves. There was no going back for those with Harriet Tubman. Fortunately, she never had to use her gun on any of her party.
3: Trusting in God
On every mission Harriet did, she trusted in Christ. She knew that, despite her irregular strength and courage, she was only human. As she traveled the dark, dangerous, and desolate tracks of the Underground Railroad, she listened to God, literally turning right when He said right, going left when he said left. (Isaiah 30:21) God was her navigator and she was the great conductor.
4: Harriet the Spy
Serving in the Civil War was another way Harriet Tubman fought against slavery. Not only was she a nurse, but she was also recruited to be a spy in the military. However, even though she was putting her life in danger, she wasn’t paid for years. Generally, only white males were compensated.
5: Woman in Combat
Harriet Tubman was also the first American woman to lead an armed military assault. It didn’t matter that she was black or female. She was the best. When the Union army attacked a collection of Confederate farms, she was recruited for her ingenuity and skill to lead the armed soldiers. Over 700 slaves were saved by her leadership.
6: The First Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks wasn’t the first black American to refuse giving up her seat. When Harriet Tubman was boarding a train on a government mission, she was stopped by the conductor and commanded to get off the train. Mrs. Tubman explained her special mission and refused to leave, only to be attacked by the conductor. Several men eventually joined the conductor’s violence, and only then was Harriet forced out, her arm broken from refusing to back down.
7: A Home for the Elderly
Mrs. Tubman's impartial compassion and strength led her to start a shelter for the elderly, even while her own health, finances, and strength were failing. She was always giving every little she had to help and support others.
8: Brain Surgery
Harriet Tubman underwent brain surgery … in the 18th century … without any pain killers. That’s insane.
I think we all can agree that Harriet Tubman was, without a doubt, exceptional. Even though Harriet Tubman received many honors, she died in poverty, forced to live in the very senior home she had started for others.
It was in this home she died in her nineties. Her last words reflected her deep faith: “I go to prepare a place for you.”
Comment to share your thoughts about Harriet Tubman on the dollar bill!
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