Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wants the Trump administration to reconsider its decision to delay on putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
Hogan sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that Tubman, born in Dorchester County, Maryland, to have her placed on the bill in 2020. The county named two parks in her honor.
“I am incredibly disappointed to hear that now, citizens across Maryland and the country will instead have to wait nearly a decade for this new bill to reach general circulation,” Hogan said in the letter. “Harriet Tubman’s countless contributions to our nation transcend race, gender, nationality and religion.”
In 2015, Treasury officials initiated a campaign to include a woman on the $10 bill. It changed and officials announced a year later to have Tubman’s likeness on the $20 bill to replace former President Andrew Jackson.
Tubman’s picture place on the bill next year would also signify the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote.
However, Mnuchin announced last month a redesign of the $20 bill wouldn’t be done again until 2026.
President Donald Trump’s first term ends in January 2021 and if reelected to a second and final term, would end January 2025.
When Trump ran as a candidate in 2016, he called the move to place Tubman on the $20 bill “pure political correctness.” Trump said Jackson, a slave owner, “had a great history.”
Tubman, born in 1820 and died in 1913 in New York, remains recognized as the most visible figure as the conductor of the Underground Railroad to free slaves.
According to the Harriet Tubman Historical Society, “it is believed that around 100,000 slaves between 1810 and 1860 escaped using the [underground] network.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) applauded Hogan to call out the Trump administration’s decision.
“Harriet Tubman fought to make the values enshrined in our Constitution a reality for all Americans,” he said. “It’s far past time that we recognize her place in history.”