Harriet Tubman is headed to the front of the $20 bill, according to AP News.
Biden press secretary Jen Psaki said the Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put the 19th century abolitionist leader on the $20 bill.
Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had selected Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson.
Trump administration Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did not move forward with the decision by the Obama administration.
In 2019 Mnuchin claimed there was a delay, stating that it was imperative to redesign the $10 bill and the $50 bill to improve security features to thwart counterfeiters.
The plans to redesign the $20 bill features Harriet Tubman, famous for her efforts spiriting slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad, had been timed by the Obama administration to coincide with the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
Mnuchin announced in May 2019, the redesigned $20 bill would not have come out until 2028 with final designs for the bill not announced until 2026.
Psaki told reporters that she and other officials were surprised to hear of the delays in putting Tubman on the $20 bill.
“It is important that our …. money reflect the history and diversity of our country and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that,” Psaki said. “We are exploring ways to speed up that effort.”
From AP News:
Psaki said specifics on a new timeline for introducing a redesigned $20 with Tubman would be announced when finalized by the Treasury Department. Biden has selected Janet Yellen to be his Treasury secretary, the first woman to hold that position in the department’s 232 years.