While last year’s inaugural event was a great success raising close to $5000, Founder and President Natalie Coleman aims to raise double that amount at the 2nd annual event. The project entitled “A Medal for Harriet”, aims to educate communities on the less told story of Harriet Tubman’s role in the Union Army and bring a transitional home for women veterans to Joliet, Illinois.
This year’s event looks to bring in a larger crowd through a gospel experience featuring Grammy nominated gospel artist Kierra Sheard. The concert will be held at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Lockport, IL on June 16, 2018. The VIP Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and includes a meet and greet with Kierra Sheard and other perks. The event will start at 7:00 p.m. and includes local gospel artist and community members. Funds raised will be used to support all phases of A Medal for Harriet, in addition to research endeavors and K-12 curriculum development.
Tickets range from $25-$45 and may be purchased at eventbrite.com under “A Gospel Experience”. There are also opportunities for individuals and businesses to be sponsors and be featured in marketing material. Those interested in becoming a sponsor can send an email to email@example.com or call 815-530-8687.
The first "Hustle for Harriet" and "Conversation with Women Veterans" were successful! We are excited about the possibilities and growth for 2018! There was tremendous support from all over the Will County area. What was most moving was seeing people standing behind a cause that is in its pilot stage because they too see the vision and the need!
As we continue and strive to address past inequities for women who have served in the military we will log our journey here! Check out the video from Cambridge, MD, the birthplace of Harriet Tubman.
After the Peanut Foundation is pleased to announce its inaugural event A Medal for Harriet.
A Medal for Harriet is the inaugural fundraiser for After the Peanut Foundation (ATPF), which was formed to improve communities through education and community activism. Our first project, a documentary covering Harriet Tubman's role as a spy in the Civil War, will span over the next three years. While she fought in the Civil War and led a military operation that freed over 700 slaves in the Combahee River Ferry Raid, she was never considered a veteran.
June 2017, ATPF will embark on a journey to redress the inequities found in awarding the highest medal one can receive for U.S. military service, the Medal of Honor. Of the 3,498 medals awarded, only one woman has received it. Our ultimate goal is for Harriet Tubman to posthumously receive the Medal of Honor before 2020. A Medal for Harriet will happen in three phases:
A Medal for Harriet Fundraiser (Summer 2017)
ATPF will launch our campaign June 4, 2017 in Joliet, IL, start an online petition to present to Congress, conduct research, and walk the 125 mile Harriet Tubman Byway in Maryland in order to raise awareness of Harriet Tubman's contributions to the Union Army.
A Night with Harriet (Summer 2018)
This event will allow women veterans and their daughters to spend the night near the Combahee River in South Carolina. Participants will learn about The Combahee River Raid and Harriet Tubman’s role as a soldier in the Union Army.
A Home for Harriet (Summer 2019)
In partnership with local community organizations, ATPF will build a house modeled after the home that Harriet Tubman founded in Auburn, New York. This home will serve as an establishment for women veterans who are transitioning from military to civilian life.