Harriet Tubman Will Replace Andrew Jackson On The $20 Bill — And It's A Great First Step

Alexander Hamilton will remain on the $10.

Consumers paying cash in the United States will soon also be paying tribute to an American hero. Politico reported that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew would be announcing the replacement of former President Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20 bill with abolitionist, civil war spy, and Underground Railroad organizer Harriet Tubman.

The announcement, set for sometime today, comes less than a year after Lew announced his plans to include a woman on the $10 bill, which currently features founding father and first U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. According to CNN, Lew abandoned those plans after fierce criticism — partly driven by the incredible popularity of the Pulitzer-winning musical Hamilton — opting instead to
change the $20 bill, which, Politico notes, is likely to retain Jackson's portrait on the reverse side. 

The decision comes after a campaign started by nonprofit organization Women On 20s last spring which, according to a petition circulated by the group and its supporters, sought to "change the current portrait portrayed on our American $20 bank note to reflect the remarkable accomplishments of an exemplary American woman who has helped shape our Nation's great history."

Harriet Tubman beat Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks in a poll conducted by Women On 20s.


Artist's rendition of $20 bill by Women on 20s. www.womenon20s.org

The New York Times reported that although the redesign would be announced in 2020 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, none of the currency would be in circulation until after 2030. 

Tubman is the first African American and the first woman to appear on American paper currency.


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