Harriet Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill

Harriet Tubman, who is well known for risking her life as a “conductor” in the Underground Railroad, served as a spy for the Union during the Civil War, and was the first woman in American history to lead a military expedition, will soon be the new face of the $20 bill // Image via National Geographic

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce that he has decided to put Harriet Tubman on a new $20 bill, according to a recent NPR report.

The decision caps a public campaign asking for the change and months of deliberation by the Treasury to either replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill or Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

An unofficial contest by the activist group Women on 20s gave the nod to Harriet Tubman to take Jackson’s place on the $20 bill. The campaign then sent a petition to President Obama.

The Treasury had previously said it would roll out a new $10 bill in 2020 and that it would feature a woman. But the popularity of the broadway show “Hamilton” might well have put a stop to that plan.

The New York Times reports that Hamilton will remain on the front of the $10 bill, but images of women will be put on the back of the bill.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway show, personally lobbied Lew and after a meeting last month, he tweeted that the Treasury secretary had told him “you’re going to be very happy.”

In an interview with Charlie Rose in March, Lew also previewed the decision saying, “Alexander Hamilton is one of my heroes. He’s not leaving our money.”

[h/t NPR]


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