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Trump Administration May Decline Harriet Tubman $20 Bill

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Harriet Tubman is scheduled to replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the redesigned $20 bill. Recently Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would not commit to carrying out the Obama administration’s plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, saying he had not made a decision about the matter.

President Barack Obama and then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew proposed last year to take President Andrew Jackson’s image off the $20 bill and replace it with Tubman’s. Tubman, an abolitionist who helped many enslaved people escape, would be the only woman and only African American on commonly used U.S. paper currency.

Under Lew’s plan, Tubman’s image would be on the front of the $20 bill and Jackson’s image would appear on the other side.

President Trump said on NBC Today show back in April 2016 he thinks the $2 would be “more appropriate. Many condemn Andrew Jackson for owning slaves and removing Native Americans from their lands while Trump sings his praises.

“Jackson had a history of tremendous success for the country and should stay put on the bill”. Ben Carson also said “”I love Harriet Tubman. I love what she did, but we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill”.

Slavery was the source of Andrew Jackson’s wealth, he bought The Hermitage in 1804, he owned nine enslaved African Americans. Just 25 years later that number had swelled to over 100 through purchase and reproduction. At the time of his death in 1845, Jackson owned approximately 150 people who lived and worked on the property.

Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland in 1820. She escaped to Philadelphia in 1849 and guided her family and led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.

Trump has since placed a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the White House Oval office. So one has to wonder if we’ll see and executive order of stay for Jackson on the $20 bill?

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