The US Treasury announced on April 20 that Harriet Tubman will replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill! The decision to make the incredible Civil War hero the face of the $20 comes along with other major currency shakeups. Click through for the details!
Buh bye, Andrew Jackson! The highly controversial president, notable for the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the subsequent Trail of Tears, will now be removed from the $20 bill and replaced with Harriet Tubman, according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. The woman who helped innumerable slaves escape the South during the Civil War will get the recognition she deserves in a large way. The US Treasury is expected to make the announcement on Wednesday, April 20.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that President Jackson, who held office from 1829-1837, will be removed from the $20 bill, replaced with Harriet — a major, groundbreaking decision. The seventh president of the United States, however, will remain on the bill in some capacity; President Jackson will still be depicted on the back of the $20.
Jack also announced that Alexander Hamilton would remain on the $10 bill, a decision that came after increasing pressure from Hamilton fans. Hamilton also helped create the US Treasury, so if anyone deserved to be on currency, it would probably be him. But an incredible change is still happening to the bill. The back will allegedly feature the leaders of the Suffragette movement, rather than the Treasury building! Additionally, the back of the $5 bill may now feature Civil Rights leaders, with President Abraham Lincoln still depicted on the front.
BREAKING: Treasury official says Secretary Lew has decided to put Harriet Tubman on $20 bill.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 20, 2016
UPDATE: New $20 bill will keep an image of Andrew Jackson on the back, with Harriet Tubman on the front of the bill. https://t.co/2Ge6AoWwdW
— NPR (@NPR) April 20, 2016
The news that it would be President Jackson instead of Hamilton being replaced broke just three days before the Harriet revelation. Though the person was unknown, a source had told CNN Money that it would be a “female representing the struggle for racial equality.” Bingo! However, the CNN source said the change may not happen for 20 years. Bummer!
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