The Obama administration made a decision to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill – a former slave and noted abolitionist. Tubman would be in place of former President Andrew Jackson, but even though the decision was made, last year’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that any change would be delayed until 2030 because of anti-counterfeiting technology requirements. Well, President Joe Biden’s Treasury Department is now reviving that plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill after Trump tried to delay it.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Treasury would take the steps necessary to put Tubman on the $20 note.
This is what Psaki said at the at her press briefing:
“I was here when we announced that and it was very exciting. The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 notes.’
A note reflects the history and diversity of our country and the Harriet Tubman image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that. So we’re exploring ways to speed up that effort but any specifics would, of course, come from the Department of Treasury.”
Tubman would be first woman and the first African American person to be featured on an American paper currency. She served as a ‘conductor’ on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War, and she’s a civil rights icon.
Source: Daily Mail