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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Should Harriet Tubman Replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill

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According to The Washington Post, Harriet Tubman has been selected to appear on the $20 bill by an advocacy group that wants to replace President Andrew Jackson’s photo.
Tubman,  a Civil War abolitionist who most remembered for her role as a conductor in the “Underground Railroad,” was one of four finalists by a group of advocates calling themselves “Women on 20s,” the report notes. The effort began earlier this year and has stimulated measures in the House and Senate.
The other three finalists were former first lady and human rights activist Eleanor Roosevelt; civil rights figure Rosa Parks; and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. Now that voters participating in the campaign have chosen Tubman, Women on 20s will bring a petition with the people’s choice to the White House.
“Our paper bills are like pocket monuments to great figures in our history,” Women On 20s Executive Director Susan Ades Stone said in an e-mailed statement. “Our work won’t be done until we’re holding a Harriet $20 bill in our hands in time for the centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020.”
In all, the group said, it has collected more than 600,000 votes for its campaign.
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