Harriet Tubman Pushes Jackson to the Back of the $20 Bill. Harriet Tubman is the first black woman that will be the face of the new $20 bill. Harriet Tubman is not the first woman to grace a United States bank note, but the fact that she is replacing President Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States on the front of the bill is a big deal. The new bill is scheduled to become a part of the new currency in 2020.
Personally this move speaks volumes to me. Most of us know Harriet Tubman to be the courageous woman who freed thousands of slaves. Harriet Tubman herself was a slave, who escaped bondage. Even though she was free she chose to risk her life and continued to return to help other slaves to escape as a conductor of the Underground Railroad.
“I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.”
~ Harriet Tubman
So I find it ironic that a former slave has ousted one of our nation’s former presidents from the $20 bill. Of course this was a controversial move. I’m sure removing Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill and replacing it with Harriet Tubman did not sit too well with some folks. Then on the other had many are saying that the only woman on the nation’s paper currency should be featured alone on the bill, rather than sharing space with a man who did not care for people other color, even if he will be placed on the back side.
And I think why not? She saved hundreds of lives freeing slaves by escorting them through the infamous Underground Railroad. Policies under Andrew Jackson’s watch, on the other hand caused the death of Native Americans and displaced them from their land.
I believe that the change is well-warranted and very deserving to a person such a Harriet Tubman and many others.