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File #: 190577    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/13/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/20/2019
Title: Urging the U.S. Department of the Treasury to reconsider the decision to delay the redesign of the $20 bill to feature 19th century abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman.
Sponsors: Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 19057700, 2. Signature19057700
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Urging the U.S. Department of the Treasury to reconsider the decision to delay the redesign of the $20 bill to feature 19th century abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman.
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WHEREAS, Harriet Tubman was born as Araminta Ross, a slave in Dorchester County on Maryland's Eastern Shore around 1820 or 1821. Tubman and two brothers escaped slavery via the Underground Railroad in 1849, and she later helped dozens of others escape, becoming known as one of the most famous conductors of the Underground Railroad that led slaves to freedom. Tubman also served as a spy for the Union during the Civil War and pushed for women's suffrage; and
WHEREAS, In 2016, Treasury officials announced that the likeness of Tubman would be placed on the $20 bill, replacing the likeness of former President Andrew Jackson. The plan was for the new $20 bill to be unveiled in 2020, coinciding with the 100th Anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Tubman would be the first African-American to be pictured on American currency; and
WHEREAS, In May 2019, current U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the $20 bill redesign would not be considered until 2026. Furthermore, Mnuchin said the redesigned $20 bill will not come out until 2028; and
WHEREAS, Several federal, state, and local leaders have spoken out against the decision to delay the redesign of the $20 bill. Notably, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat and one of the most prominent champions of putting the famous abolitionist on the $20 bill, has taken a stance against the Treasury Department decision; and
WHEREAS, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan wrote a letter to Secretary Mnuchin, asking him to reconsider the decision to delay the redesign of the $20 bill, citing her undeniable impact on her home state of Maryland and the country as a whole; and
WHEREAS, Governor Hogan wrote, "Harriet Tubman's countless contributions to our nation transcend race, gender, nationality, and religion. She dedicated her life in selfless ...

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