Reps. Katko, Cummings Introduce Legislation to Honor Life of Harriet Tubman

June 2, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives John Katko (NY-24) and Elijah Cummings (MD-7) today introduced The Harriet Tubman Tribute Act, bipartisan legislation which would require the Secretary of the Treasury to place Harriet Tubman’s likeness on a Federal Reserve Note by 2017. 

“Harriet Tubman is an American hero who left her mark on Central New York.  She bravely led countless Americans to freedom and opportunity, courageously fought for her country, and was an outspoken advocate for women’s suffrage,” said Rep. John Katko. “This legislation recognizes the incredible contributions Harriet Tubman has made to our great country by preserving her legacy, courage, and commitment to others on our U.S. Currency.  With the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn on the verge of becoming a National Historical Park, now is a better time than ever to honor and celebrate her life for generations to come.”

“Harriet Tubman was called the Moses of her people,” Congressman Cummings said.  “Born in Maryland, she escaped slavery and courageously fought for the freedom of other slaves before the Civil War.  She continued to battle injustice and inequality until her death.  Placing Harriet Tubman on our U.S. Currency is a fitting tribute to a woman who fought to make the values enshrined in our Constitution a reality for all Americans.”

Reps. Gibson (NY-19), Hurd (TX-23), Rice (NY-4), Buck (CO-4), Graham (FL-2), Brooks (IN-5), and McSally (AZ-2) joined Reps. Katko and Cummings in introducing today’s legislation.