The Treasury Department’s decision to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with abolitionist Harriet Tubman was met with mixed results. Women’s rights advocates have fought to have a woman featured on US currency for several years.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has said that women will be added to the $5 and $10 bills.
The gospel song “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” was reportedly one of Tubman’s favorites. The first is Tubman’s extraordinary contribution to this country through her fearless pursuit of freedom, not just for herself, but hundreds of others whom she liberated through the Underground Railroad. But the updates proposed by Lew for the three bills would be the most sweeping changes since 1929, when all USA paper money was redesigned to feature more standard designs and a smaller size to save printing costs.
Fortunately, many others do. The chapel has been designated a historical landmark by the Canadian government, largely because of Tubman’s work.
“I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic”, he continued. “She drove change from the bottom up”, he said. “She made approximately 19 trips over a 10-year period”. “Harriet Tubman was a great woman, and it’s appropriate that we recognize women on our currency“. “That quality of invisibility, which Harriet Tubman knew so well, became the basis for using ex-slaves as spies for the Union”. “There were anti-slavery societies that were here, willing to help”.
“United States history is not Andrew Jackson versus Harriet Tubman. So St. Catharines was an established town for runaways at that time“.
Sofia says Tubman risked her life to save others. “So there’s lots of stories to talk about… and many of us are related to a lot of those people”.
On the centennial of his election, Jackson’s legacy was honored by promoting him to the $20 bill, while U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton replaced Jackson on $10 bills as the first modern-sized currency notes began circulating in 1929. Much of social media is filled with celebratory posts and memes, but I for one, am not celebrating. I’ve always taken pride in the fact that Nevis produced one of America’s founding fathers.
Along with changes to the $20 bill, the back of the $10 bill will be changed from a picture of the treasury building to leaders from the Suffrage movement, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul and Lucretia Mott, per the New York Times.
Finally, he announced plans for the reverse of the new $5 to honor events at the Lincoln Memorial that helped to shape our history and our democracy and prominent individuals involved in those events, including Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr.