By Molly Merson
Social Media Editor
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world,” are the words of famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman. With feminism and equality petitioning on the rise, it's no surprise to find that the $20 bill is now adapting to accommodate equality.
Harriet Tubman is a famous African-American leader in history. She escaped Southern slavery and led hundreds of other African Americans to freedom through the Underground Railroad. This consisted of a network of safehouses and hidden paths to help African American slaves escape to free states.
Tubman left the South in hopes of becoming an abolitionist and fighting against slavery and segregation in Maryland. She is one of the most famous civil rights activists due to her role in the operation of the Underground Railroad.
When asked about the topic, students’ opinions divided greatly.
“I think it's a good idea,” senior Derek Hammons said. “Many people will support the new change. The world’s changing, so our money should too.”
However, junior Kelly Harris said “I think you shouldn't have to take off a president to appease the changing world.”
This historical change was announced by Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew. He proposed to include Harriet Tubman instead of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. He also suggested adding images of other civil rights activists and women to the $5 and $10 bills.
Jacob Lew’s proposals have launched several debates on women’s suffrage and civil rights as a whole. Supporters of the act have began debates and discussions on why Tubman should be the face of the American $20 bill.
Lew said “the pattern became clear that Harriet Tubman struck a chord with people in all parts of the country, of all ages,” in regards to why he suggested Tubman. His ideas were hoped to consider the opinions and ideas of all people.
Harriet Tubman will be the first woman featured on United States currency since Martha Washington’s photo was included on a $1 silver certificate in the late 19th century. The new renovation of currency is expected to be available in the year 2020.
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