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On this week's programme - The life and legacy of Anna Parnell; how Harriet Tubman's faith inspired her to seek liberation for her people; and the town of Kenmare, County Kerry during the Famine years.
Last month, Anna Parnell, the founder of the Ladies Land League, was honoured with a plaque on O'Connell Street in Dublin. It was erected 110 years after she died in a drowning accident at Illfracombe, Devon, at the age of 59.
To talk about her extraordinary life, with Myles this evening are two guests – Feminist Historian Dr Margaret Ward, who first wrote about Anna in her seminal work Unmanageable Revolutionaries.
Also, Lucy Keaveney, a retired teacher who has campaigned tirelessly for Anna to receive greater recognition for the important role she played in Irish history.
Harriet Tubman is best known as a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. In the years before the American Civil War, she led enslaved people to freedom, all while carrying a bounty on her head. Her actions earned her the nickname "Moses". In 1896 she spoke at a women's suffrage convention about these years, stating: "I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger."
Tubman was born enslaved in Maryland in 1822, and escaped to Philadelphia in 1849. She soon returned to rescue her family, and to help guide others to freedom, travelling by night and in extreme secrecy.
Five years ago, during the Obama administration, it was announced that Tubman was set to become the new face of the US 20 Dollar bill. The new bill is taking some time, as it goes through a complex design and security feature testing process. But when it arrives, it'll be a hugely significant event. Tubman - a former slave - will be replacing President Andrew Jackson, who himself owned slaves.
Colm Flynn has been finding out more about Tubman – he spoke to Dr Eric Lewis Williams about how her Christian faith inspired her to seek liberation for her people. Dr Williams is Curator of Religion at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington D.C.
Kenmare - History and Survival
Now we're visiting the town of Kenmare in County Kerry. A recently published book tells the story of an independent-minded priest in Kenmare, and his efforts to help starving people during the Great Irish Famine.
The author is Dr Colum Kenny who joins Myles.
It's called Kenmare: History and Survival - Father John O’Sullivan and the Famine Poor and it's published by Eastwood Books.
Also mentioned are Colum Kenny's publications Midnight in London: The Anglo-Irish Treaty Crisis 1921, also from Eastwood Books, and The Enigma of Arthur Griffith: 'Father of Us All' from Irish Academic Press.