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Orangeburg Woman Prizes Chair Once Used By Harriet Tubman

A rocking chair once used by abolitionist Harriet Tubman holds a place of honor in the home of one Orangeburg resident. Tubman, who will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, was a family friend of Diana Rivet's great-grandparents.
A rocking chair once used by abolitionist Harriet Tubman holds a place of honor in the home of one Orangeburg resident. Tubman, who will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, was a family friend of Diana Rivet's great-grandparents. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The tiny rocking chair covered with an antique quilt may look like nothing more than a beloved family heirloom, but to one Orangeburg resident, it is a piece of American history, according to a report by lohud.

Diana Rivet’s grandmother, Ethel Kirby, was just a wee thing herself when she was rocked by family friend Harriet Tubman, the famed leader of the Underground Railroad during the late 19th century, the lohud report said.

In the biggest change to American currency in a century, the abolitionist and humanitarian is about to become the face of the $20 bill.

Tubman will bump Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States and a slaveholder, to the back of the twenty, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced last week.

Tubman was a frequent visitor at Kirby’s family home in upstate Auburn, the lohud story said.

The chair eventually made its way into Rivet’s home where it is still being used several generations later, the lohud story said.

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