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Plans for Harriet Tubman $20 dollar bill paused

A redesign of the bank note will not happen for at least another 9 years.

May 23, 2019 - 3:02 pm

WASHINGTON (KFTK) — A redesign of the $20 bill, which was supposed to be released next year, has been postponed until 2028, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

CBS News reported that the bill was expected to feature anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman, but Mnuchin said the focus right now is on improving the banknote's security features, not the imagery.

"It's not a decision that is likely to come until way past my term, even if I serve the second term for the president," Mnuchin told the House Financial Services Committee. "So I'm not focused on that for the moment."

The new bill was originally scheduled for printing in 2020, which would have coincided with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote, according to CBS News.

Harriett Tubman was born into slavery in the 1820s and her photo was due to replace that of former President Andrew Jackson. Tubman would be the first black woman to be featured on currency.

Mnuchin declined to say whether he supported the decision to add Tubman's picture. "I've made no decision as it relates to that," he told CBS.

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