Harriet Tubman to Replace Andrew Jackson on $20 Bill

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Yesterday, we reported that Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew had decided to throw a wrench into progress by demoting women to the back of the $10 bill after the Broadway play Hamilton had revived interest in the first US Treasury Secretary.

Today, some better news: slaveholder and former President Andrew Jackson will be replaced on the $20 bill by Harriet Tubman, a former slave who ushered hundreds of slaves to freedom using her “Underground Railroad.”

As The New York Times reports, the new currency designs, from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, will be made public in 2020—in time for the centennial of woman’s suffrage and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Images of women will also grace the back of the new $20 bill, with Tubman in a place of prominence on the front.

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