The government led by US President Joseph Biden is resuming the “replacement” process of 20 dollar banknote avatars, with the intention of replacing Andrew Jackson, the seventh US president and founder of the Democratic Party, with Harriet Tubman, the pioneer of anti slavery.
“Washington Post” reported on the 26th, once realized, Tubman will become the first African American person and the first woman in a century to be printed on the dollar bill.
White House press secretary Jane pusaki said, “the Treasury Department is taking steps to revive efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 bill” to reflect the “history and diversity” of the United States.
A spokesman for the U.S. Treasury Department said there is no timetable for when the new version of the $20 bill will begin to circulate.
Derek Johnson, chief executive of the NAACP, said the group “appreciates the news released by the Biden administration that the design of the $20 bill will be changed to fully commemorate important people in American history.”.
Born in 1822, Tubman was a slave on a Maryland plantation. In 1849, she successfully escaped slavery, joined the “underground railway” movement to help the slaves escape from the Confederacy of the south, and became one of the most active leaders. After the civil war, Tubman took an active part in the feminist movement and died in 1913.
At present, former President Jackson, who is the head figure of the $20 bill, has been criticized for his slave owner status and violent policy of resettling Indians.
In 2016, the administration of Barack Obama announced that it plans to replace Jackson with Tubman as the head figure of the $20 bill. The plan was blocked by then Republican president Donald Trump in 2019. Trump is a Jackson fan.
Pocahontas, the Indian princess, is the first woman to appear on American currency. Her head is printed on the $20 bills issued from 1865 to 1869. The most recent “appearance” of American currency by women was from 1891 to 1896. The head of Martha Washington, the first “first lady” of the United States, was printed on the silver dollar certificate. In addition, the heads of Susan Anthony, the leader of the feminist movement, and sakagavia, a legendary Indian woman in the 19th century western frontier, were printed on coins. (PU Xiaoming)