Historian: Harriet Tubman on $20 bill brings ‘tremendous sense of pride’

Replacing President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with abolitionist Harriet Tubman can’t come soon enough for Westchester educator and Black historian Judith Beville.

News 12 Staff

Feb 3, 2021, 1:41 PM

Updated 1,266 days ago

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Replacing President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with abolitionist Harriet Tubman can’t come soon enough for Westchester educator and Black historian Judith Beville.
“She represents to me an African American woman who dared to be independent, an African American woman who dared to stand her ground,” she told News 12.
Beville is also the Greenburgh town clerk and the founder of a project that celebrates 400 years of African American presence in Westchester County.
She says it gives her a tremendous sense of pride knowing that Tubman, who led hundreds of African Americans from enslavement to freedom, could become the first Black person on the face of American paper currency.
On Monday, President Joe Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki that the Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put the 19th-century abolitionist leader on the $20 bill. A spokesperson from the U.S. Treasury Department says they do not yet have a timeline for when the bill will enter circulation. They say designing and releasing new currency is a lengthy process.


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