WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following today’s news that Harriet Tubman will appear on the $20 bill, U.S. Representative John Katko (NY-24), who previously introduced bipartisan legislation in the House to place Harriet Tubman’s likeness on a Federal Reserve Note, released the below statement:
“It is far past time that our currency honor and celebrate the accomplishments of American women. Today’s historic announcement that the U.S. Treasury will feature Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill is tremendous news for Central New York, and especially for Auburn – a place that Harriet Tubman called home.
“This designation is a fitting tribute to a woman who escaped slavery and devoted her life to advancing the freedom and equality of African Americans and the rights of women. With today’s announcement, Harriet Tubman’s legacy, courage, and commitment to others will be forever enshrined on our U.S. Currency. I commend the many advocacy groups, especially those in Cayuga County, who have worked tirelessly to encourage the U.S. Treasury to feature this iconic woman on the $20 bill.
“Central New York is privileged to be home to the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, which is on the verge of becoming a National Park. Coupled with today’s announcement, our region’s tourism-based economy will only continue to grow as we work to ensure that Harriet Tubman’s legacy lives on for generations.
Rep. Katko and Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-7) last year introduced The Harriet Tubman Tribute Act, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to place Harriet Tubman’s likeness on a Federal Reserve Note by 2017.
Just last week, Representative Katko called on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to finalize the agreement establishing the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn as a National Park., noting the importance of this project to Central New York’s economy and to Harriet Tubman’s legacy.