Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today applauded the selection of Harriet Tubman as the new face of the U.S. $20 bill.
“I applaud the Obama administration for taking action to make Harriet Tubman the face of the twenty-dollar bill. Future generations will reflect upon this moment as a pivotal turning point in American history. Breaking free from slavery, serving our nation in the Civil War, shepherding so many enslaved African Americans to freedom and fighting for women’s suffrage, Tubman’s life and legacy personifies what it means to be American and believe in our nation’s most fundamental guarantee of freedom,” said Reece. “No longer will Harriet ‘Moses’ Tubman be relegated to classroom history books, but instead she will be a concrete, daily reminder of freedom and justice for women, African Americans and our entire nation. From once being enslaved in chains to now taking her rightful place as a symbol of courage, freedom and justice on one of our nation’s highest circulated bills, Tubman’s life and legacy is sure to be revived, inspiring a new generation of civic leaders and public servants.”
Reece said the OLBC plans to bring a resolution honoring the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman, and marking her historic selection as the new face of the $20 dollar bill, to the House floor sometime in the near future.