Busy Few Weeks for Harriet Tubman’s Legacy


By Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root


It’s been a busy few weeks for the legacy of Harriet Tubman.


Earlier this month it was announced that Viola Davis would be starring in an HBO biopic about the abolitionist who led slaves to freedom. Now, if the voting from an online poll holds any sway with lawmakers, Tubman could be in contention to become the new face of the $20 bill.




According to CBS News, Women on 20s, a nonprofit grassroots group, ran a 10-week online poll asking who should replace former President Andrew Jackson on the bill. The poll closed Tuesday, and Tubman won 33.6 percent of ballots cast. According to CBS, Tubman beat out former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who was followed by “civil rights icon Rosa Parks and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller.”


“Our paper bills are like pocket monuments to great figures in our history,” Women on 20s Executive Director Susan Ades Stone told CBS. “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 addition to the poll, the group has sent a petition to President Barack Obama asking that Tubman’s image be embossed on the new currency. They are also calling for a “virtual march” in which supporters will use the hashtag #DearMrPresident to express their interest in having Tubman grace the $20 bill.


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