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Tubman Town: New face of $20 could be honored with US park

  • In this Thursday, May 19, 2016 photo, Judith Bryant, a great-great-grandniece of Harriet Tubman, poses at Tubman's grave site at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, N.Y. 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. Bryant’s great-great grandfather was Tubman’s brother, and was among the dozens of slaves she guided north to freedom. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    In this Thursday, May 19, 2016 photo, Judith Bryant, a great-great-grandniece of Harriet Tubman, poses at Tubman's grave site at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, N.Y. 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. Bryant’s great-great grandfather was Tubman’s brother, and was among the dozens of slaves she guided north to freedom. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, May 19, 2016 photo, Judith Bryant, a great-great-grandniece of Harriet Tubman, poses at Tubman's grave site at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, N.Y. Bryant’s great-great grandfather was Tubman’s brother, and was among the dozens of slaves she guided north to freedom. 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. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    In this Thursday, May 19, 2016 photo, Judith Bryant, a great-great-grandniece of Harriet Tubman, poses at Tubman's grave site at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, N.Y. Bryant’s great-great grandfather was Tubman’s brother, and was among the dozens of slaves she guided north to freedom. 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. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, May 19, 2016 photo, the inscription on Harriet Tubman's gravestone is seen at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, N.Y. 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.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    In this Thursday, May 19, 2016 photo, the inscription on Harriet Tubman's gravestone is seen at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, N.Y. 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. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)  (The Associated Press)

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.