Who’d a thunk, a devout Christian black Republican beats out everyone else? Tubman was amazingly courageous, saving hundreds of slaves at risk of her life.
A group that wants to kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a woman has, after months of collecting votes, chosen a successor: Harriet Tubman.
Tubman, an abolitionist who is remembered most for her role as a conductor in the “Underground Railroad,” was one of four finalists for the nod from a group of campaigners calling themselves “Women on 20s.” The campaign started earlier this year and has since inspired bills in the House and the Senate.
The other three finalists were former first lady and human rights activist Eleanor Roosevelt; civil rights figure Rosa Parks; and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. Women on 20s delivered a petition with the people’s choice to the White House on Tuesday morning.
“Our paper bills are like pocket monuments to great figures in our history,” Women on 20s Executive Director Susan Ades Stone said in an e-mailed statement. “Our work won’t be done until we’re holding a Harriet $20 bill in our hands in time for the centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020.”
In all, the group said, it has collected more than 600,000 votes for its campaign.
On Wednesday, Ades Stone said that a deputy for senior Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett had reached out to Women on 20s in response to the campaign. White House staff will hold “an informational meeting” with the group, Deputy White House Press Secretary Jennifer Friedman confirmed in an emailed statement.