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Paper banknote. (whole)
Portrait of Andrew Jackson at centre obliterated by ink overstamp portrait of Harriet Tubman; eagle in background to left, wings spread, head right; inscription to right: black, green and blue print on cream background. (obverse)
The White House within oval border at centre, trees to left and right, inscription above and below, patterned border: green print on cream background. (reverse)
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Height: 66.50 millimetres
Length: 156 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dano Wall, quoted at https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/projects/107274-harriet-tubman-stamp -
'I was inspired by the news that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, and subsequently saddened by the news that the Trump administration was walking back that plan. So I created a stamp to convert Jacksons into Tubmans myself. I have been stamping $20 bills and entering them into circulation for the last year, and gifting stamps to friends to do the same.
This country, and its government, have a serious problem with representation. Who we choose to honor as a society affects the moral attitudes that are baked into us as we grow up. The impact that seeing the face of Harriet Tubman staring back at you from a $20 bill should not be underestimated. This sort of representation can subtly but deeply affect someone's conception of themselves and their place in society. The slightly subversive nature of it being currency that's been hand-stamped by another human makes a discovery of one of these bills all the more joyous.
I would like to make 100-200 (or more) of these stamps and give them out as gifts, donate them to museums, offer them as prizes, raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center by auctioning or raffling them off, mail them anonymously to public officials, anything to get them into people's hands. I would like to see Tubman $20s entering circulation is sufficient numbers to generate conversation about the proposed, now abandoned, plan to replace Andrew Jackson with her.'
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