The US treasury is taking steps to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, as was planned under Barack Obama.
In 2016, Obama decided Tubman should replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, leading to celebrations that an escaped slave would be honored instead of a slaveowner president.
Tubman of course was a 19th-century abolitionist and political activist who escaped slavery herself and then took part in the rescue of hundreds of enslaved people, using the network of activists and safe houses. What is known as the Underground Railroad.
Trump hung a portrait of Jackson prominently in the Oval Office. (Jackson also directed genocidal campaigns against Native Americans) Trump blocked the Obama plan.
Biden replaced the Jackson portrait in the Oval Office with one of Benjamin Franklin, who appears on the $100 bill. Such bills are known to some as “Benjamins”. Obama once said that he hoped the new $20 bills would come to be known as “Tubmans”.
Biden has now revived it, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday the treasury was “exploring ways to speed up” the process.
“It’s important that our money reflect the history and diversity of our country.”
In 2019, biographer Andrea Dunbar Harris said she hoped Tubman’s presence on a new $20 bill would
“drive a conversation about the value of black life, period, from slavery to the present. I don’t think we can have her on the bill without us having that conversation.”
I’ll tell you another thing it will drive; racists crazy! But it IS a pretty short drive…
(via The Guardian)