Make Harriet Tubman the face of the $20 bill now

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Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who built an elaborate tunnel system leading slaves to freedom before the Civil War, is supposed to be on our $20 bills starting next year as a way to honor her and her legacy, but now the rollout has been delayed for years — if it even will happen.

All the way back in April of 2016, the Treasury Department announced that former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman would be put on a new version of the $20 bill.

It has been more than 100 years since a woman has appeared on paper currency in the United States. And the Treasury Department still hasn’t taken action.

Despite the announcement that she would appear on the bills starting in 2020, the Trump administration delayed the bill that put Tubman on $20 bills. Now, Harriet Tubman, one of the most important figures in American history, will not be honored in the way it was promised she would be for at least another 6 years, if she will be at all.

Depicting a woman of color on a dollar bill, a woman who was a driving force in ending slavery, would mean a lot. Representation matters. And it should not be delayed any further than it already has been.

Here is what Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on the subject: “People have been on the bills for a long period of time. And this is something we will consider. Right now, we’ve got a lot more important issues to focus on.”

Andrew Jackson, the current face of the $20 bill, was a slave owner. He also had a large part in the Trail of Tears which resulted in the deaths of thousands of Native Americans. Just because he has been on the $20 bill for a long time does not mean he should continue to be on it.

Sign this petition and tell the Treasury Department and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to stop the delay. Make Harriet Tubman the face of the $20 bill now.