After being pushed back several times and denied by Trump’s administration, civil rights activist and conductor of the Underground Railroad Harriet Tubman will become the first African American on the face of the $20 bill.
Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters the Biden administration would resume the process to add famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman to the $20 bill. “The Treasury Department is resuming efforts to place Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 bills,” Psaki said. “It’s important that our notes reflect the history and diversity of our country. Harriet Tubman’s image on the new $20 note would certainly reflect that.
In 2016, the Obama administration had planned to replace President Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman. The production of the new $20 bill was supposed to take place in 2020. However, Trump and Mnuchin declined to endorse the plan to redesign the $20 bill saying there were more important issues to focus on.
Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the former slave and abolitionist activist wouldn’t become the face of the $20 bill. Not until Trump’s term as president is over.
During Trump’s presidential campaign, he called Obama’s plans to redesign the $20 bill “pure political correctness.” While praising Andrew Jackson, Trump suggested that Tubman be the face of a lower bill such as the $2 bill. “It circulates in the smallest volume then any other bill. Seven times less than the $20,” Trump said in April 2016.
Trump described Andrew Jackson’s presidency as a model for his own, and Jackson as a populist hero who fought against government corruption. “Andrew Jackson had a great history. I think it’s very rough when you take somebody off the bill,” Trump said. “I would love to leave Andrew Jackson and see if we can maybe come up with another denomination,” the former president added.
Harriet Tubman, who was initially set to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, will make African American history and bring about a new diversity change.
Tamara Anderson is a freelance writer in the Chicagoland area. She has featured articles in multiple entertainment and hip-hop media outlets.