The Biden administration has renewed a plan to replace President Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
On January 25, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed this effort.
"The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new 20-dollar notes," Psaki said. "It’s important that our notes — our money, if people don’t know what a note is — reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new 20-dollar note would certainly reflect that."
The replacement of $20 bill with abolitionist Tubman was announced in 2016 by Obama administration. However, it did not materialize during Trump administration.
Former president Donald Trump had once called the replacement effort "pure political correctness.”
Many politicians took to social media applauding Biden administration's decision to renew the plan.
"I’ve led efforts in the Senate for years to get this done. The Trump admin dragged their feet w/o explanation," tweeted Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. "Ready to help the Biden admin see this through so we can finally give Harriet Tubman the honor and recognition she long deserves."
While the date of the change remains unclear, Tubman will be the first Black person to appear on U.S. currency.
"...we’re exploring ways to speed up that effort, but any specifics would of course come from the Department of Treasury," said Psaki.