Harriet Tubman to Replace Former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill

Apr 20, 2016 1:36 PM by News Staff

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will announce Wednesday that abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

The long-awaited decision keeps Alexander Hamilton, one of the U.S. founding fathers, on the front of the $10 bill - though suffragists who fought to give women the right to vote will be added to the back of the bill, the Treasury Department confirmed.

Last year, the U.S. Treasury surprised advocates who were pressing to get a woman on the $20 bill, by announcing a woman would go on the redesigned $10 bill, instead. That plan met with criticism by those who pushed for Jackson to be replaced instead.

Hamilton, who has experienced a resurgence in popularity thanks to a hit Broadway production, helped create the Treasury.

Tubman is famous for helping lead slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.


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