THE HARRIET TUBMAN STAMP
-- TUBMAN OVER JACKSON ON THE $20 Bill
In response to the decision by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to delay replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, many people have turned to using a stamp to imprint a portrait of Harriet Tubman over Andrew Jackson on their bills in an act of ‘civil disobedience’.
Harriet Tubman stamps in action
HOW We Got Here
- On May 12, 2015, Harriet Tubman was announced as the winning candidate of a “grassroots” poll of more than 600,000 people surveyed to have her portrait on the $20 bill. The goal was to have a woman on the $20 bill by 2020, the centennial of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote.
- On April 20, 2016, then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that Andrew Jackson would be replaced by Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill, with Andrew Jackson appearing on the reverse with a redesign of the white house as well.
- Early in 2017, soon after President Trump took office, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin refused to commit to the Obama administration’s plan to put Tubman on the $20 bill, artist Dano Wall decided to create a stamp on his 3-D printer that could be used to superimpose Harriet Tubman’s portrait on the bill.
- On May 22, 2019, after being pressed by Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Mnuchin stated that the primary reason of the redesign was to combat counterfeiting issues with the $20 bill. With this reasoning, he also stated that this would be postponed until 2028. (see video below)
- After the official announcement by Mnuchin to delay the redesign, 10’s of thousands of “activists” got involved and started stamping their money, making it near impossible for the original artist to keep up with demand. In an effort to put the project above his own personal profits, Mr. Wall released his design to stamp makers all across the country in hopes of getting as many stamps as possible into the hands of the newly minted “activists”, essentially making it impossible to ignore the will of the people to honor Harriet Tubman and the larger contribution of Women in our society as a whole.
- In a cooperative effort, tapping into years of experience with creating stamps specifically for stamping on money; projects including the popular money tracking site www.WheresGeorge.com and Ben and Jerry’s Stamp Stampede, we have begun producing Dano Wall’s original design. We have included enhancements to the stamp that we have learned from years of being the “experts” in the field. The most significant being the alignment of the stamp die on the self-inking mount to make lining up the stamp simple enough that anyone can do it. We have also created practice sheets that allow users to get used to stamping before marking the money in their wallets.
See Mnuchin discuss his reason for delaying.
In the News
"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
An icon of courage and freedom
Harriet was born into slavery in 1822. Following her personal escape she chose to return enabling some 70 others to escape over 13 trips with the help of the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War she participated as an scout and spy for the U.S. Army. She was active in the Women's Suffrage Movement.
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