Rep. Katko and Rep. Cummings Re-Introduce Harriet Tubman Tribute Act

February 7, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. John Katko (R, NY-24) and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D, MD-7) today re-introduced The Harriet Tubman Tribute Act, bipartisan legislation that directs the Secretary of the Treasury to place the likeness of Harriet Tubman on $20 Federal Reserve notes printed after December 31, 2020.

Harriet Tubman gained her freedom from slavery in 1849 and became a conductor on the Underground Railroad, which was critical to guiding many escaped slaves to freedom.  She is recognized as a fighter for freedom and equality. She dedicated her life to several noble causes in addition to civil rights, including nursing during the civil war and championing equal rights for women.

“Harriet Tubman is an American icon, who represents our values of freedom and opportunity.  She fought the evils of slavery and strived to create equality for all people, regardless of their race or gender,” said Rep. Katko.  “I am proud Harriet Tubman settled in Central New York and her influence is still present in our community today.  The Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn honors her life’s work and is a tremendous boost to our region’s tourism-based economy.  I’m proud to once again champion this bipartisan measure with Rep. Cummings to honor Harriet Tubman's legacy.”

“Too often, our nation does not do enough to honor the contributions of women in American history, especially women of color.  Placing Harriet Tubman on our U.S. currency would be a fitting tribute to a woman who fought to make the values enshrined in our Constitution a reality for all Americans,” Rep. Cummings said.  “Harriet Tubman was called the Moses of her people, because after she escaped slavery, she courageously made 19 trips to the South to free more than 300 enslaved African Americans.  Her courage, conviction, and commitment to equality represent the best of America and it is long past time we recognize her place in history.  I am proud to reintroduce this bill with Rep. Katko to honor Harriet Tubman’s role in making America a more free and more equal society.”