Put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

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Americans have waited five years for the federal government to fulfill President Obama’s promise to grace the front of the new $20 bill with a likeness of African American abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman, a brave and resilient daughter of Maryland. We petition you to immediately take concrete steps to make this promise a reality.

Although Harriet Tubman’s exact birthdate is not known, she is thought to have been born between 1820 and 1822. It would be a fitting tribute to this conductor of the Underground Railroad for her to appear on the $20 note while we are still celebrating her 200th birthday.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on January 25, 2021 that “the Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 note.” We are concerned that there may still be another long delay in paying tribute to Ms. Tubman.

We specifically petition that the following actions be taken:

  1. Draw up and make public a timeline for designing, printing, and issuing the Harriet Tubman $20 note.
  2. Provide information to the public on a regular basis about the progress being made.
  3. Allocate the necessary funds to print and put into wide circulation the Harriet Tubman $20 note.
  4. Provide a clear and public indication that President Biden puts the full weight of his authority behind this effort.

The time is now for Harriet Tubman to receive the honor she and our country's African Americans and women deserve.