From the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today announced that she introduced new legislation with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to redesign the ten-dollar bill with a likeness of abolitionist and Underground Railroad “conductor,” Harriet Tubman. The Harriet Tubman Currency Tribute Act of 2015 will direct the Secretary of the Treasury to ensure that all newly issued ten-dollar Federal Reserve Notes bear Tubman’s likeness by the year 2021. The law will make Tubman the first woman ever to be featured on American paper currency. The new $10 bill would come out in 2020, which is the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.
“Women’s history is American history,” said Senator Mikulski, Dean of the Senate Women. “Women have been trailblazers in shaping our nation, using grit, passion and determination to seize the day and make a difference. Harriet Tubman was brave beyond measure in fighting for those who could not fight for themselves. Featuring her on the ten-dollar bill will be a fitting tribute, recognizing her lasting legacy while inspiring future generations of women and girls.”
Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County, Maryland, where she spent nearly 30 years as a slave. She escaped slavery in 1849, but returned to the Eastern Shore several times over the course of 10 years to lead hundreds of African Americans to freedom in the North. Known as “Moses” by African American and white abolitionists, she reportedly never lost a “passenger” on the Underground Railroad.
In 2012, Senator Mikulski was presented the Harriet Ross Tubman Lifetime Achievement Award by the Maryland African American Tourism Council for her work to promote the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman, including her persistent efforts to establish Harriet Tubman National Historic Parks as well as a Harriet Tubman National Monument on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.