Harriet Tubman and the Twenty-dollar bill


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People protesting at the U.S Treasury Department for Harriet to be put on the $20 Bill.

Arielle Allen, Journalist

Harriet Tubman, along with many other African Americans, has sacrificed for generations to come. To make a change is to defy what is normalized. Many generations that have come after Harriet Tubman in the United States might soon see her on the twenty-dollar bill. Since Biden became the president, he will proceed with the process of making Tubman included on the twenty-dollar bill, which was initially proposed during the Obama administration. 

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.”

— Harriet Tubman

Tubman’s early life wasn’t the best. Tubman was born in March 1822, and experienced many slave owners abusing her from an early age. Tubman suffered from a traumatic head injury that was presumed to be unintentional, which caused her to suffer from Hypersomnia. From that point on, Tubman experienced vivid dreams and was deeply religious from her upbringing. Harriet Tubman’s contributions to the United States will forever have a lasting effect on the country. During slavery, Tubman freed many slaves who were deeply impacted by slavery. It could be possible that more than three hundred slaves were freed, and there were more than thirteen missions made to free slaves all because of Tubma’s influence. This was then called the Underground Railroad, as there were many safe houses to free the slaves suffering imprisonment.

A photograph of Harriet Tubman. (National Women’s History Museum)

Because of Tubman’s contributions to the United States, efforts are being made to include her on the twenty-dollar bill.  It was rumored that re-designing the currency of the twenty-dollar bill wouldn’t be available until well after 2028 but Biden’s administration has openly expressed that efforts will be made to speed up the process of Tubman being on the bill.  Knowing the history of racism in today’s society, and the importance of becoming aware of the nation’s history with African Americans, many are pushing for equality in the nation. In Biden’s years of presidency, many people are hopeful that it will bring peace and healing to the country. By Tubman being on the bill, it will demonstrate that the United States is making progress towards diversity, and not being stuck in the same state as decades ago.