-Avier Wanjou Brass-
After years of delay, the family of Harriet Tubman is growing impatient with the process of the $20 bill change. And at this point, who can blame them?
Under the Obama Administration, former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that Harriet Tubman would be placed on the $20 bill, in 2016. Unfortunately, it’s been five years with no sudden changes, and Tubman’s family is frustrated with the outcome.
Since then, there have been many changes, including Donald Trump taking office. Under his administration, they delayed the bill changes until 2030. This year, the Biden Administration said they would go forward with the steps. Yet, there have been no sudden changes, and now the family is growing impatient with the unknown.
According to Baller Alert, Michele Jones Galvin, the great-great-great-grand-niece of Tubman, hopes to see Tubman replace Jackson as three women in their family are in their 90’s. “Our thought is if, in fact, you can send man to the moon, and you can do all kinds of things, we should have the technical ability and the technical expertise to do what needs to be done,” Galvin said.
Besides Tubman’s family pushing for the change, New York Rep. John Katko also wants the abolitionist to grace the bill. “If they want to get it done sooner, they can. They just need to prioritize it,” he stated. Now in a statement, The Bureau of Engraving and Printing said that the 2030 release date was still in effect.