GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump doesn’t like the idea of former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman replacing former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, but other candidates praised the decision. But already people are celebrating the Treasury’s progressive move.
While leaders in Tubman’s hometown of Auburn are okay with keeping the White House alone on the back, they wouldn’t mind seeing images of her affiliation with the city either.
“It is unnecessary to diminish Jackson in order to honor Tubman”, Alexander said in a statement.
A retired history professor at Salisbury University in Maryland, Clara Small, said that adding Tubman to USA currency “gives hope that maybe women will be accepted as equals”.
Things would be so different if many more of us would have a tiny fraction of Harriet Tubman’s courage. She was born into slavery, escaped to Philadelphia and then spent her life helping other slaves obtain freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.
Lew first announced his plans to feature a woman on US currency last June, igniting a spirited public debate about the many female icons who’ve gone relatively unrecognized throughout USA history.
Tubman’s brother Moses was one of the first slaves she brought to St. Catharines.
Women have only featured twice before: first president George Washington’s wife, in 1886, and the native American folklore heroine Pocahontas in 1875. Remakes also are in the works for the $10 bill and the $5 bill.
“Hamilton is a romantic figure in so many ways”, she says. The former will pay tribute to the women’s suffrage movement, including pictures of Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul.
“Harriet Tubman was a woman of faith who was not afraid to act on her beliefs to fight for justice”, said Kristina Arriaga, executive director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
“I think its past time to have an African-American on paper money”.
“Our currency will now tell more of our story and reflect the contributions of women as well as men for our great democracy”, Lew told reporters during a press call Wednesday of the changes that will impact the $20, $10 and $5 bills.
We applaud Treasury Secretary Lew’s embrace of a fuller sense of American history.