GLYNN: Tubman worthy of currency honor | Opinion

It didn’t draw much attention because President Donald Trump usually captures the daily headlines, even with his tweets often riddled with insults.

You probably know, however, that the plan to replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman will never come to fruition. At least, that’s the impression from Treasury Secretary Steven Munchin, who made it quite clear that changing the face on the $20 was not a priority, especially since ‘Old Hickory’ is Trump’s favorite president.

Why should anyone care about Tubman? For starters, she aided fugitive slaves on their long and agonizing journey from the Deep South along the Underground Railroad to Canada, where they were guaranteed freedom.

If you take the time to look at some of the large sketches in the lobby of the new Niagara Falls Train Station, you’l find interesting information about Tubman, called the ‘Moses of Her People.’

There’s also a sketch of the Suspension Bridge (forerunner to the Whirlpool Bridge) built n 1848 as a carriage and foot bridge. Historians note that same span, rebuilt in 1855 with railroad tracks on the top level and the carriage road below, undoubtedly was a crossing that Tubman and her URR group used to reach the ‘Promised Land.’ She may be denied a place on the $20 bill but there’s a nice portrait of her in the lower lobby of the new station, where the museum and URR exhibits will one day be featured.

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RECORD BREAKER: Hillary Clinton’s new book “What Happened” has sold some 300,000 copies in its first week. It also set a record for audiobook sales over the same period. Publisher Simon & Schuster has printed additional copies three times. A report in Time magazine stated that now more than 800,000 copies are in print (available at local bookstores).

Several authorities on Clinton’s high-profile career have praised the former U.S. Secretary of State in President Barack Obama’s administration for her memoir that is both revealing and poignant.

When a stanuch anti-Hillary customer at Players Lounge on Niagara Street was asked to comment on the author’s obvious success with the book, he snapped to a reporter, “They should put her in jail! Lock her up!”

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LOSING SEASON: The regional state park commission revenues have been dealt a severe blow by the absence of its always-popular swimming pool closed for the entire summer while construction continued on a new bathhouse and related facilities in Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown. Summer-like temperatures have lured many visitors to the park along the Lake Ontario shoreline during last weekend when, of course, the toll booths were shut down too. As a result, many local residents aware of the situation seized the opportunity to enjoy a picnic without paying the $8 parking fee. At times, some park visitors were observed swimming and playing around in the lake despite a nearby “No Swimming” sign posted at the water’s edge.

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TIME TO REFLECT: Hundreds of people traditionally attend the annual Rosary Crusade at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Swann Road, in Lewiston. The event is set for today, 2 to 3:30 p.m., is sponsored by the Niagara Council of Catholic Women.

The Most Rev. Edward M. Grosz, auxiliary bishop of the eight-county Buffalo Diocese and a former pastor of two Niagara Falls parishes, will serve as this year’s homilist. Monsignor J. Thomas Moran, retired pastor of St. Bernard’s Church, Youngstown, is the moderator. Dolores Laurrie, a member of Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish (St. Joseph’s at Pine Avenue and Tronolone Place), has chaired the crusade committee.

Everyone attending the event will be offered a free rosary.

Other participants will include the Ambrosia family from St. Peter Parish, Lewiston, crowning the statue of Mary, and St. Peter School’s bell choir, performing.

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TRIVIA QUIZ: (Answer for Thursday): The call letters of longtime Niagara Falls radio station WHLD stand for Helen Langmuir Deuel whose husband Alanson C. Deuel owned both the station and the Niagara Falls Gazette. This newspaper is now owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. (CNHI), which acquired it from the Gannett Newspaper Group in 1997.

   

Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.

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