Harriet Tubman’s Family ‘Disappointed’ She’s Still Not On $20 Bill

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Harriet Tubman was set to appear on the $20 bill in 2020, but the Trump administration put a pause on the move. Her family wonders what’s taking President Joe Biden so long to take action.  

Harriet Tubman’s family said they’re “disappointed” the famed abolitionist hasn’t appeared on the $20 bill yet, according to NY 1.  

In 2016, then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that Tubman would appear on the front of the $20 bill, replacing President Andrew Jackson.  

Tubman, a former slave who championed freedom and helped free dozens of enslaved people along the Underground Railroad, was set to appear on the bill in 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave white women the right to vote.  

The Obama administration authorized Tubman’s image to be used on the $20 bill, but that action was stopped by the Trump administration who called it “pure political correctness,” NY 1 reported.  

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“Well, Andrew Jackson had a great history, and I think it’s very rough when you take somebody off the bill,” then-candidate Trump told NBC News in 2016. “I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic, but I would love to leave Andrew Jackson or see if we can maybe come up with another denomination.” 

Earlier this year, the White House said it would look into ways to get Tubman on the $20 bill.  

“The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 notes,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a press briefing in January. “It’s important that our money reflect the history and diversity of our country.” 

Michele Jones Galvin, Tubman’s fourth-generation grand-niece, told NY 1 the family is still waiting for President Joe Biden to start the process.  

“The family is really disappointed with it. We don’t know what’s taking the time,” she said.  

Galvin added, “Our thought is, if in fact, you can send man to the moon, and you can do all kinds of things, we should have the technical ability, and the technical expertise to do what needs to be done.”  

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