Efforts launched late in former President Barack Obama’s second term have been burned back by the Trump administration under former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Mnuchin said the delay was due to additional anti-counterfeiting work and that bills featuring her picture would likely not be circulated until 2028.
A finance spokesman confirmed that he was looking for ways to speed up the process, but did not specify what it could be. When Mnuchin first announced the delay, he also said the $ 10 and $ 50 bills would be updated before the $ 20 denomination and the work was still ongoing.
The redesigned note that Tubman would usurp President Andrew Jackson – a slave owner who would be relegated to the back of the note – was due out in 2020. The date of the design’s unveiling was originally intended to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment that extended voting rights to women.
Jackson, the seventh president, turned out to be one of former President Donald Trump’s most beloved historical figures. Trump often spoke of Jackson in the 2016 campaign, ridiculed plans to replace him with Tubman as “sheer political correctness,” and suggested putting Tubman on the $ 2 bill instead.
The Treasury Department previously denied that the delay was influenced by political considerations. In 2019, the Department’s Inspector General agreed to initiate an investigation into the decision to postpone the redesign by several years.
Over the summer, Trump suggested including Tubman as part of a “National Garden of American Heroes” – although the future of that project is uncertain as he is out of office.