Owens Co-Sponsors the Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) co-sponsored the Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act, a bipartisan bill to honor the extraordinary life and unmatched legacy of Harriet Tubman, one of the most notable abolitionists in American history, with the creation of a series of commemorative coins bearing her image.
“Harriet Tubman escaped the horrors of slavery and overcame unspeakable odds to secure the dreams of future generations,” said Rep. Owens. “As the great-great-grandson of a slave, Harriet is an inspiration to me, and I’m proud to join this effort to honor her enormous legacy, the Harriet Tubman Home, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.”
In celebration of 200 years since her birth, the Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act directs the Treasury to mint and issue $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins, and half dollar clad coins bearing Tubman’s image and emblematic of her legacy. All surcharges received by the Treasury would be donated to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Harriet Tubman Home to help tell the stories of abolitionists and promote her long-lasting legacy.
The full text of H.R. 1842 can be found here.