History has a way of getting it right even if it takes awhile. Once Andrew Jackson, ex USA President, who carried out racial cleansing against the American Indians, actively promoted the rights of slave owners over others and who was himself a slave owner who throughout his life showed scant regard for the civil liberties of anyone who disagreed with him, was celebrated by being on the $20 American dollar note.
With his appalling historical record now widely known, the Treasure is proposing to remove him from the $20 and replace him with a shining light of the Anti-Slavery movement in America, Harriet Tubman.
Harriet Tubman, born a slave in the most humble of circumstances, again and again showed amazing courage, committment to Christian values and a strength of character that is still deeply inspiring today.
She led 1,000′s of slaves to freedom using the ‘Underground Railway’, a secret path, travelled only by night. Her nickname Moses for her role in leading these ‘trains’, reflected the the theme of escape from salvery and delivery to the promised land.
During the Civil War she used her knowledge of the topography of the South to lead Union Generals and their tropps on raids which resulted in the capture of plantations, disruption of southern supply lines and the freeing of slaves.
After the war she campaigned vigorously for the granting of the vote for women and also helped establish schools for African Amercian children, correctly forseeing that education would be the permanent basis for their continuing freedom.
She also established a home for aged African American women in Albany, New York and she herself died there in her 90′s. In every way her life showed a fierce committment to equality and Christain love for one fellow men and women.
So Harriet Tubman wins out over Andrew Jackso at last, but not until 2030 which seems a very long time to wait. But at least a genuine hero will be being celebrated when it happens.