The Treasury Department will be announcing today that the $20 bill will have a new portrait―the famously known Harriet Tubman.
Last year, there was a discussion in which President Obama initiated a conversation that suggested a woman be the face of any given dollar bill. After receiving a letter from a young girl about the idea, Obama took it a step further and brought it to the media’s attention and clearly some political figures.
Harriet Tubman was an African American abolitionist, humanitarian, and, during the American Civil War, a Union spy. Born in Maryland in 1913, the courageous activist sought on a journey of independence and equality for blacks and more specifically, women. Born a slave, Tubman escaped captivity and, along the way, was able to escort hundreds of enslaved persons by way of the Underground Railroad. In addition to a myriad of other heroic pursuits, she later helped abolitionist John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era was an active participant in the struggle for women’s suffrage.
The new designs, from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, would be made public in 2020 in time for the centennial of woman’s suffrage and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Although the currency wouldn’t be circulating until at least a decade later, our generations to come will only be familiar with a $20 bill that has a POWERFUL black woman on it.