I have been stamping Harriet Tubman’s face over Andrew Jackson for a couple of years now. Most vendors don’t blink an eye. A great number of them, especially servers in restaurants and small businesses, are excited to see them. In Las Vegas, I waited for twenty minutes while the Cashier examined the bill and my handout explaining it. The women bartenders and servers waited with me and let out a small cheer when the properly faced twenty dollar bill was cleared. Once in awhile, there will be a refusal to accept it, even when assured the stamp violates no counterfeit laws. So, I put my purchases back on their shelves.
It is long past time for Harriet Tubman to be the face of our twenty dollar bills. In 2016, the Obama Administration hired an artist to do the engraving, and things were lined up for the change. Then came Steve Mnuchin, who as the twice impeached former president’s Secretary of the Treasury, halted the presses, so to speak. The enlarged visages of America’s white men have been on our paper money for more than a hundred years. Enough. Andrew Jackson was not a hero. He was just a President, and an angry one at that. As recent events have proven, American Presidents can be the opposite of heroic. He authored the Indian Removal Act, resulting in the Trail of Tears, the taking of ancestral lands and thousands of deaths. https://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/trail-of-tears. His farm “The Hermitage” required the unpaid labor of over 100 enslaved people. https://thehermitage.com/learn/slavery/
For those wishing to join the movement, here is a link to the stamp on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/697739930/harriet-tubman-stamp-self-inking
Here is the .pdf file that I print out and cut up that creates three information sheets the size of the twenty dollar bill to hand out during those teaching moments: