Biden team pushing effort to have Harriet Tubman on US$20 bill

Efforts to get anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman on the US$20 bill will be increased under the Biden administration.

A wax likeness of the renowned abolitionist and conductor of the Underground Railroad Harriet Ross Tubman is unveiled at the Presidents Gallery by Madame Tussauds in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The President’s administration has said it will seek to push forward a plan to make Tubman the face of a new $20 bill, replacing former President Andrew Jackson who was a slave owner.

Under the Obama administration, Tubman – a slave born around 1820 and who’s known for her efforts spiriting slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad – was chosen as the new face of the bill but the move was stalled under former President Donald Trump who called it “pure political correctness”.

The current design of the US$20 note featuring former president, and slave owner, Andrew Jackson.

Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, during a press conference yesterday said “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. We are exploring ways to speed up that effort.”