Tubman, new face of the $20, to be featured at new facility in Niagara Falls

Apr 21, 2016

Along with being honored on the redesigned $20 bill, Harriet Tubman is going to be featured at a new interpretive center in Niagara Falls.

Harriet Tubman may have lived in Auburn, New York, about 120 miles east of Buffalo, but she had strong ties to Western New York.

A new Underground Railroad Interpretive Center will be housed in the reconstructed Customs House in Niagara Fall.
Credit Rendering: Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area

Tubman is credited with ferrying thousands of slaves to freedom in the mid-1800s.

"We have a very clear well-documented historic relationship with Harriet Tubman. And we are very proud of the Treasury Department, and of this administration, taking this very important step in recognizing her role as a leader, not just as a woman, as an African-American, who stood for the rights of everybody," said Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area president Bill Bradberry.

Tubman will be featured in a new Underground Railroad Interpretive Center, which Bradberry says is set to open in 2017 inside the restored Customs House, near the Whirlpool Bridge, in Niagara Falls.

Tubman's picture will be replacing Andrew Jackson's on the $20 bill several years from now.