The U.S. Senate recently passed a bill to direct proceeds from commemorative coins honoring Harriet Tubman to two organizations, including Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. in Auburn.
The Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act passed the U.S. Senate on February 17, 2022. The bill would require the U.S. Department of the Treasury to produce 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins, and 750,000 half-dollar coins, according to The Citizen.
Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. in Auburn and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, would split the proceeds from coin surcharges. If every coin is sold, the Harriet Tubman Home would receive $4.75 million in total.
Both of New York’s senators, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, supported this bill. In the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. John Katko, whose district includes Auburn, was an original co-sponsor of the bill.
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