The effort, which began at the end of former President Barack Obama’s second term, was slowed down by the Trump administration under former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Mnuchin said the delay was due to additional work needed on anti-counterfeit security features, and invoices with his image would not be likely to go into circulation until 2028.
The redesigned note, on which Tubman would usurp President Andrew Jackson – a slave owner who would be relegated to the back of the note – was due to be rolled out in 2020. The design unveiling time was originally supposed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which extends the right to vote to women.
Jackson, the 7th President, has proven to be one of former President Donald Trump’s favorite historical figures. Trump spoke often of Jackson during the 2016 election campaign, ridiculing plans to replace him with Tubman as “pure political correctness” and suggested placing Tubman on the $ 2 bill instead.
The Treasury Department has previously denied that the delay was influenced by political considerations. In 2019, the inspector general of the department agreed to open an investigation in the decision to postpone the overhaul for several years.
Over the summer Trump proposed to include Tubman as part of a “National Garden of American Heroes” – although the future of this project is uncertain now that he is out of office.