The U.S. Treasury Department decided to speed up the release of the $20 bill with the image of African-American activist for the emancipation of slaves in the 19th century Harriet Tubman. It was announced by the White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
She said it is important that U.S. bills reflect our country’s history and diversity. She added that the department is now exploring the possibility of expediting work on the issue, according to the Associated Press.
The decision to put Tubman’s portrait on the bill was originally made by former U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration.
However, under the next Donald Trump administration, the process was postponed until 2028. Trump himself has great respect for President Andrew Jackson, currently depicted on the bill.
That said, in 2020 U.S. President Donald Trump, speaking on Saturday, July 4, U.S. Independence Day, on the lawn in front of the White House, announced his version of a list of the greatest Americans.
The head of state included the founding fathers of the United States, war heroes, African-American rights activists, athletes, aviators and even folkloric heroes.
The African American rights movement is represented on the list by abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and equal rights activists Booker Washington and Susan Brownell Etoni.