Just days after it was announced that Harriet Tubman would be appearing on the $20 bill, the a proposal to turn the iconic abolitionist’s New York home into a historical park has been pushed forward.
The Citizen newspaper in Auburn, New York, where the property is located, reports that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed a general agreement, last month, allowing the land to be transferred to the National Park Service. After the agreement is signed by the current landowners, the New York state attorney general’s office will review it.
Tubman lived at the home on 180 South Street after escaping slavery, until her death in 1913. In 1903 she deeded the property to the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. The AME church mounted a restoration project in 1953 that included the addition of a monument to Tubman. Since then, a building and an assembly hall were also constructed on the site.