Harriet Tubman to Replace Andrew Jackson on $20 Bill

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updated at 7:24pEst

Say whaaaat! Now this is what you call #BlackGirlMagic! According to a new report from Politico, United States treasury secretary Jack Lew announced plans to change American dollar bills, which includes removing former president Andrew Jackson from the front of the $20 bill and replacing him with humanitarian Harriet Tubman.

Politico adds this won’t be the only change announced by Lew, who also plans to “include putting leaders of the women’s suffrage movement on the back of the $10 bill, and incorporating civil rights era leaders and other important moments in American history into the $5 bill.”

“The decision to put Harriet Tubman on the new $20 was driven by thousands of responses we received from Americans young and old,” Lew said. The grassroots group Women On 20s in particular launched a powerful campaign to get the $20 note revamp sped up, with a woman featured, in time for 2020, the 100th anniversary of American women receiving the right to vote.

Tubman would be the first woman so honored on paper currency since Martha Washington’s portrait briefly graced the $1 silver certificate in the late 19th century. How cool is that?!

Mr. Lew said a date isn’t set for redesigning and introducing the new $20 note but that the images for a suite of new bills—the backs of the $10 and $5 notes also will be redesigned—would be unveiled by 2020, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

I’ve read a few articles that stated that “the choice of Tubman pushed Andrew Jackson, a southern slave owner and general who was US president from 1829 to 1837, to the backside of the $20 note.” A little rain on the parade right? Even if she shares the bill in some sort of fashion with Jackson, I think it’s still a step in the right direction. What are your thoughts?

Cover photo via Atlanta Black Star


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