WASHINGTON– U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of the legislation that created the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, issued the following statement on the Treasury Department’s decision to include Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 bill.
“I can think of few people more deserving to be featured on the redesigned $20 bill than Harriet Tubman. A Marylander from the Eastern Shore, a conductor on the Underground Railroad with a 100 percent success rate, a Union scout during the Civil War and a champion of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, Harriet Tubman is one of America’s greatest patriots,” said Senator Cardin. “Her likeness on the new $20 will serve as a constant reminder of the courage and self-sacrifice on which this nation was built. The Treasury Department’s initiative to more accurately reflect the diversity of Americans who played pivotal roles in our history should be applauded.”