US Treasury To Add Harriet Tubman To $20 Bill

| by Brendan Kelly
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United States Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew will announce on April 20 that abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be replacing President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Lew's announcement will also include plans to add leaders of the women's suffrage movement to the back of the $10 bill, plus the addition of civil rights leaders to the $5 bill, according to Politico.

The U.S. Treasury announced in 2015 that a woman would be put on front of the $10 bill, replacing Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, rather than replacing President Jackson on the $20 bill, according to NBC News. The new announcement has confirmed the addition of Harriet Tubman to the $20 bill, leaving Hamilton on the front of the $10 bill.

Tubman is famous for leading slaves to freedom though the Undergound Railroad.

According to Politico, the bills will be ready by 2020, but the Treasury is likely to push the Federal Reserve into putting the bills into production sooner.

Response to the news has been positive. Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire tweeted, "If this is true, great news! Tubman on the $20 is the right call. The redesign needs to happen as soon as possible. Women have waited long enough."

The decision to add a woman to the $20 bill was made after critics of Lew's plan to replace Hamilton rather than Jackson pointed out that Hamilton created the Department of the Treasury and that Jackson played a role in removing Native Americans from their land. In July 2015, Lew announced the Treasury would to be removing Hamilton from the $10 bill.

Sources: PoliticoNBC News / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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