Harriet Tubman is set to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill and will be the first person of color, the first women, and the first activist to be placed on a bill.
In recent years, petitions to remove Andrew Jackson from the bill have gained popularity as he was a slave owner and proponent of ethnic cleansing. People have suggested to replace his face with a more respectable and better historical figure.
In 2016 a new design was proposed. Harriet Tubman was suggested to be on the bill in 2019 for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. And finally after two years, this change seems to be finally happening.
Secretary Jen Psaki said at a press briefing Monday, “The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 notes, 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.”
“So we’re exploring ways to speed up that effort, but any specifics would, of course, come from the Department of Treasury,” she added.