Harriet Tubman to Replace Andrew Jackson’s Portrait on $20 bills – POSTPONED!
Imprint Harriet Tubman’s portrait on the $20 bill in an act of ‘civil disobedience’.
How It All Began
On May 12, 2015, Harriet Tubman was announced as the winning candidate of a “grassroots” poll of more than 600,000 people, to have her portrait on the $20 bill. The goal was to have a woman on the $20 bill by 2020, the centennial of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote.
On April 20, 2016, then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that Andrew Jackson would be replaced by Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill, with Andrew Jackson appearing on the reverse with a redesign of the white house as well.
Early in 2017, soon after President Trump took office, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin refused to commit to the Obama administration’s plan to put Tubman on the $20 bill.
See Mnuchin discuss his reason for delaying:
After the official announcement by Mnuchin to delay the redesign, tens of thousands of “activists” got involved and started stamping their money, using a design created by artist Dano Wall. The original image for the design comes from a carte-de-visite portrait of Harriet Tubman taken by Benjamin Powelson in Auburn, NY in 1868, currently the earliest known photograph of her.
By stamping Harriet Tubman’s portrait on a $20, it will make it nearly impossible to ignore the will of the people to honor Harriet Tubman and the larger contribution of Women in our society as a whole.
Is It Legal?
Yes, it is legal to stamp or write on our money. The law simply states that it’s only illegal to deface currency “with the intent to render the bill unfit to be reissued.” Since our goal is to have Harriet in circulation, it’s legal. The United States is one of the only countries with this viewpoint and it enables us to share our political insights with our hard-earned money. Learn More…
Peacefully Protest With Harriet
Nicknamed “Moses”, Tubman led groups of slaves to freedom with the help of the Underground Railroad. She also facilitated former slaves to compete with the waves of poor Irish immigrants for work in the North. Since the Fugitive Slave Law transformed many Northern States into increasing hostile areas many fled to Southern Ontario for relief.
Tubman’s dangerous endeavers required spunk and ingenuity rarely seen before in women let alone women of color in an age that the practice of slavery was common place. She used the inclement weather of winter to reduce the odds of being seen and discovered.
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Tubman Over Jackson & Stamp-Connection
We have decided to join in with our 20+ years of experience creating stamps for money; projects including the currency tracking site WheresGeorge.com and Ben & Jerrys political movement to get money out of politics called the Stamp Stampede.
We Make Harriet Look Good
Our stamp has been designed to ensure a precise impression on every bill. We are the trusted source that provides easy to align stamps with the correct size Harriet head to fully cover jackson.
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