It is a project that has been in the pipeline for several years in the United States, abandoned by the government of Donald Trump. On Monday, the White House announced that the newly appointed Biden administration will relaunch the iconic project to feature the portrait of the black anti-slavery activist. Harriet Tubman on the $ 20 bills.
“It is important that our tickets, our money (…) reflect the history and diversity of our country and the image Harriet Tubman adorning the new $ 20 denomination reflects them in an obvious way, “she said. The activist would become the first African-American figure to appear on a banknote in the United States.
This project, started in 2016 by Barack Obama, has been relaunched after the country has been traversed for almost a year by a historic movement that denounces racism and police violence against minorities of color.
A project abandoned by Donald Trump
Harriet Tubman (1822-1913), who fled slavery and smuggled dozens of slaves to the northern United States and Canada before and during the Civil War, would replace populist President Andrew Jackson in 2020 (1767-1845), a figure very controversial. admired by Donald Trump.
But former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced in 2019 the postponement of the project until at least 2028, evoking “security issues” referring to one of the most used denominations in the country.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump called for the election of Harriet Tubman “purely politically correct “, suggesting that his portrait would look better on the $ 2 bill, a denomination that is no longer printed.