Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday, part of a complete overhaul of the $5, $10, $20 bills that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew explained with a message on Medium.
Jackson isn't totally banished from the bill. He'll be featured on the back of the new $20s along with an image of the White House. The new $10 will feature images of Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul, as well as the Treasury building. The front of the new $10 will still have Alexander Hamilton on it (rest easy Hamilton fans).
The new $5 will feature Martin Luther King, Jr.,Marian Anderson, and Eleanor Roosevelt, to "honor historic events that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial in service of our democracy." President Lincoln will remain on the front.
"We anticipate that final concept designs for the new $20, $10, and $5 notes will all be unveiled in 2020 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote," Lew says in his post, adding that the new $10 will go into circulation first.
Lew announced last June that a woman would replace Hamilton on the $10. Before the news broke about Tubman and the rest of the changes, the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called Tubman a "wonderful choice." Tubman escaped slavery as a child and later worked to free thousands of others in bondage.
The addition of Tubman on the front of the $20 bill, replacing the slave-owning Jackson, is a sign of the government's broader intent to not only honor women with its redesigns, but also remind America of both a shameful chapter from its past and of the women and men who devoted their lives to righting those wrongs in the name of equality.
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