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The Trump administration refused Thursday to commit to putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Reneging on an Obama administration decision to replace slave owner Andrew Jackson — President Trump’s favorite president — with Tubman, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin explained he would base a new $20 bill design on preventing counterfeiting rather than on a new portrait.

“Ultimately, we will be looking at this issue,” Mnuchin said in a CNBC interview. “It’s not something I’m focused on at the moment.”

Tubman never waited for a man to affirm her.

Tubman reveled in defying men, defying governments, defying slavery, defying Confederate armies and slave catchers who put a $40,000 bounty on her head.

This black woman who stood 5 feet tall was utterly and completely fearless.

“I had reasoned this out in my mind,” Tubman once said, “there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.”

Harriet Tubman, Black History, African American History, African American News, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNCarte-de-visite of Harriet Tubman, found in an album from the 1860s | Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries


The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (