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Harriet Tubman was a badass.

Born a slave in 1822, she suffered horrible abuse as a child. Later she escaped, but she returned to the slave states 13 times to rescue some 70 friends and family members via the Underground Railroad. 

They called her “Moses.”

Tubman later helped abolitionist John Brown recruit for his raid on Harpers Ferry — intended to ignite an armed slave revolt. Then she was a spy and scout for the U.S. Army during the Civil War — and the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, during which she freed 700 slaves. She later became a women’s suffragist. 

More than three years ago, Tubman was approved to replace President Andrew Jackson, a slaveholder and President Donald Trump’s favorite president, as the face of the $20 bill in 2020. But Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recently announced that not only would the new bills not be released next year, they likely wouldn’t be released until 2028, and may not even feature Tubman. He cited “counterfeiting issues.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, asked the Treasury Department’s inspector general to open an investigation into the delay. (He has agreed.) In his letter, Schumer wrote, “If the Empire State Building could be completed in 13 months almost 100 years ago, the 21st century Treasury Department ought to be able to get this job done in a reasonable period of time.”

In the meantime, those who don’t want to wait for the Treasury Department can purchase a Tubman Stamp online (tubmanstamp.com). The ink stamp can be used legally to cover Jackson’s face with Tubman’s.

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