Harriet Tubman, an American abolitionist leader of the 1800s is a crucial part of American history. She escaped slavery marrying a free man and helped rescue numerous other slaves to safety. And to honor her bravery, former President Barack Obama announced to put her face on America’s $20 bill.
Trump administration, however, put a hold on the idea. He suggested putting her face on the $2 bill instead, calling it “pure political correctness”.
Now, the Biden administration is reportedly “exploring ways to speed up” the process of releasing a new $20 bill with the face of Harriet.
On Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said “It’s important that our notes reflect the history and diversity of our country”. “Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that,” she further added.
Despite the new administration is looking for ways to resume the plan of putting Harriet’s face on the $20 bill, there are a few circumstances.
There are production factors that need consideration for the release of the bill before 2028.
The Tubman bill needs to be produced in a high-speed printing facility in order to replace President Andrew Jackson on the note. And the new printing facility is scheduled to begin printing only in 2025.
Harriet Tubman, an African-American woman born in Maryland was a significant part of American history. She escaped slavery after marrying a free man and going to Pennsylvania from Maryland. Along the way, she freed over 300 enslaved African-Americans in her lifetime.
She used the Underground Railroad to flee the slaves to safety and became an abolitionist leader. Tubman also served as a nurse, scout, cook, and a US Army spy during the Civil War in the 1800s. She was later a part of the women’s suffrage movement as well.