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Harriet Tubman's Descendents Excited To See Her On Twenty Dollar Bill

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Valerie Ross Manokey, a Tubman historian and relative (Photo:WBOC) Valerie Ross Manokey, a Tubman historian and relative (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  Harriet Ross Tubman, the renowned conductor on the underground railroad has roots here on Delmarva.  She's from Dorchester County, and her descendents are still here today.

"You are meeting one of the proudest women, black women, in the united states of my aunt, Harriet Tubman," said Harriet's great great niece, Valerie Ross Manokey.

The reason she is such a proud niece is because in just a few year's time, Andrew Jackson will be replaced on the $20 bill by Harriet Tubman.

"It's about time," said Manokey.  "She was already famous the day she was born.  God made her to be here.  She has served and done her duty, it is time to be honored for it."

Tubman's descendents have worked tirelessly to preserve her memory.  They pushed for a new national park, under construction in Dorchester County.

"She sacrificed her life so many times so that others could feel what she had when she got that first taste of freedom," said Harriet's great great nephew Charles Ross.

Ross says that putting Tubman on the $20 for the whole nation to see is the right move.

"To see her on the bill is going to remind people that anything is possible.  There has never been a woman on the paper money as far as I know of," said Ross.

As for what they are going to do with that first $20...

"Probably kiss it first.  Shake it to see if it's real.  I might even take it to the bank first to see if I can cash it.  But then I'm going to keep it," said Manokey.

"I'm going to keep one in my wallet as a constant reminder of where we've been and where we're going.  So when I'm looking for bigger things down the road, I'll pull this out and look at it, and it will remind me that anything is possible," said Ross.

It may have seemed like a foolish task at first, to try and change who would appear on the $20 bill.  But then again, anything is possible.

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