‘Underground’ Cast Applaud Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill

“We’re excited that we’re starting to represent our actual history,” Joe Pokaski tells TheWrap. With the news that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, the cast and creators of WGN America’s Underground Railroad series “Underground” could not be happier.

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“We’ve always said the show ‘Underground’ is about American heroes, so to finally have not only a woman but a black woman on a monetary bill is fantastic,” co-creator Misha Green told TheWrap.

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“We use money all the time. We’re used to seeing these faces of these white males and now we’re excited that we’re starting to represent our actual history,” co-creator Joe Pokaski added.



“[From] now on I demand to be paid in $20’s!!!” series star Aldis Hodge said on Instagram. “This is huuuuge. I think of the resounding effect of how many hands one $bill touches in a day and think of how many people will see her face and acknowledge her story. Times are changing.”

Jurnee Smollett-Bell was also ecstatic over the news. “I’m doing my happy dance today! Harriet Tubman will be on the $20 dollar bill! If our Ancestors could see us now!” she said on Twitter.

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And while they couldn’t confirm when or where, the show’s creators did say that Tubman will make an appearance on “Underground” at some point. “When she will arrive, I don’t know, but you can’t tell the story of the Underground Railroad without her,” Green said.

SOURCE: THEWRAP

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