Harriet Tubman's upcoming debut on the $20 bill is just half the good news in the upstate New York town where the Underground Railroad conductor settled down and grew old.
A long-sought national historical park here honoring Tubman could be officially established as early as this summer. The move would give a boost to preservation efforts at her old home and church just as the former slave is poised to replace President Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20 bill.
Tubman had been free for a decade in 1859 when she bought a parcel of land on the outskirts of Auburn. She settled long-term in the area after the Civil War.
The design of the new $20 bill with Tubman on the front is expected to be completed by 2020.