It is fitting that Harriet Tubman, a former slave, would replace Andrew Jackson, a white man who owned slaves, on the $20 US bill.
President Joe Biden’s administration is exploring ways to speed up the release of the $20 U.S. bill featuring the prominent Black woman who led hundreds of slaves to freedom in Canada.
President Barack Obama considered the adoption of Tubman onto the $20 note back in 2016, but President Donald Trump restricted the move.
Trump admired President Andrew Jackson and called the redesign of the $20 bill, “pure political correctness.” He kept portraits of Jackson in the Oval Office.
When he visited Jackson’s grave, Trump shared on social media, “We honor your memory. We build on your legacy.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “It’s important that our notes, our money … reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that.”
The redesigned $20 note marks the first time a Black woman will appear on U.S. currency. A woman has not appeared on a U.S. bank note in over 100 years.
SOURCES: CBS.COM, CNN.COM, MONEY.CNN.COM