Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is urging the federal Treasury Department to release the Harriet Tubman $20 bill in 2020, as was planned, after it said production would be postponed until as late as 2028.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said late last month that he is focused primarily on anti-counterfeiting and security measures, and that he anticipates the new $20 bill would not come out until 2028. He went on to say decisions about the imagery on the $20 bill "will not be an issue that comes up until most likely 2026."
Hogan sent a letter Tuesday to Mnuchin, urging him to reconsider the postponement.
Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County and holds a fond place in Marylanders' hearts.
“Dorchester County, Maryland is incredibly proud to be a steward of Harriet Tubman’s lasting legacy, but her influence reaches far beyond the borders of our great state,” Hogan wrote. “I hope that your department will reconsider its decision and instead join our efforts to promptly memorialize Tubman’s life and many achievements.”
Hogan said the 2020 release would have enhanced the centennial of woman's suffrage, as well as the "Year of the Maryland Woman."