Two senators are leading a bipartisan push for the U.S. Treasury to replace Andrew Jackson with Underground Railroad abolitionist Harriett Tubman on the $20 bill.
In a Tuesday letter to Biden Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Senator Ben Sasse requested she prioritize the redesigning of the bill so it can “enter circulation as quickly as possible.”
“Never in the history of our nation has a woman or person of color been depicted on any denomination of our paper currency,” the Senators stated.
“Portraying a woman on one of the most important symbols of American society recognizes the contributions of the full diversity of significant American historical figures, including women,” the lawmakers said describing the importance of the matter.
Explaining the ups and downs of the “lengthy process” getting the bill redesigned has seen over the past few years, Shaheen and Sasse stated, “We hope sincerely that this is no longer the case, and encourage the prioritization of Ms. Tubman before working on other redesigns.”
“We stand ready to offer any support for your efforts to ensure this towering figure in our nation’s history receives the recognition she has deserved for so long,” they added.
Harriett Tubman was famously responsible for aiding Abraham Lincoln and the Union in freeing slaves by helping them escape the South through the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. In my opinion, it’s only right that we find some way to publicly honor her great service to this country.
Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson, a Democrat slave-owner who opposed abolition and infamously oversaw the Trail of Tears.
This renewed sense of urgency comes after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki indicated last month that the Biden Administration is “exploring ways to speed up” the effort to redesign the $20 bill.
This is one of the few action items that could be seen as somewhat liberal that I nonetheless take no issue with. If we can find ways to better honor people who significantly contributed to our country, which in this case was to America’s human rights and racial equality, then I think we should take the opportunity to do so.