Harriet Tubman Replaces Jackson on the $20 Bill

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Abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman will appear on the front of the $20 bill, relocating the slaveholding former president Andrew Jackson to its rear in 2020, according to washingtonpost.com.

The changes are part of an effort by the Obama administration to put a woman on paper currency and Lew said that along with Tubman becoming the face of the $20 bill, images of women and civil rights era leaders will also be added to bills, stated http://abcnews.go.com/.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew may have reneged on a commitment he made last year to make a woman the face of the $10 bill, opting instead to keep Alexander Hamilton, to the delight of a fan base swollen with enthusiasm over a Broadway rap musical based on the life of the first Treasury secretary, explained nytimes.com.

The new $10 bill will still feature Alexander Hamilton on its front, but on its reverse will now feature five leaders of the suffragist movement: Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul. Lew said the depictions of the women who fought for the right to vote is far more compelling than the steps of the Treasury building currently shown on the back of $10, said nbcnews.com/.

On the $5 bill, the front will still feature President Lincoln but the reverse will depict historic events that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial and include opera singer Marian Anderson, Martin Luther King Jr. and Eleanor Roosevelt, according to the U.S. Treasury.

“I’m very excited by it and I think it’s much bigger than just honoring one woman,” Lew told NBC News. “This is about saying that our money is going to tell a much bigger part of our story.”

Last June, it was announced that a woman would replace Hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury, on the $10 bill. The treasury department solicited ideas for which woman that should be by launching #TheNew10 campaign. The plan was to issue the new bills by 2020 in honor of the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. With the new plan, the design will be released by the anniversary, according to abc7chicago.com/.

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