Following the news today that the Treasure Department has named Harriet Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the twenty dollar bill, the cast and creatives of WGN’s acclaimed drama Underground have weighed in, celebrating the move that honors the icon whose exploits before and during the American Civil War serve as inspiration for the show.
A mixture of mirth and sober reflection poured out from the Underground team. “I’m doing my happy dance today!,” said Jurnee Smollett. “Harriet Tubman will be on the $20 dollar bill! If our Ancestors could see us now!” “Stunned. Thrilled. Proud to be American,” said PJ MARSHALL. “Change IS possible. Believe.” Meanwhile, co-star Aldis Hodge quipped that he only wants to be paid in twenties.
Here’s what they had to say:
Later on, Shonda Rhimes also weighed in with equal celebration.
The news today was tempered somewhat by the reveal that Treasury has apparently opted to put Jackson on the back of the 20 dollar bill, but Tubman remains the first black American to adorn the front of paper currency.