Move over Andrew Jackson – one of history’s most hailed abolitionists is taking over the face of the $20 dollar bill.
The United States Treasury Department announced Wednesday major changes arriving on American currency including Harriet Tubman replacing the former present on the front of the twenty.
Other changes include the back of the ten dollar bill, which will soon display historic figures of women’s suffrage like Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul.
Martin Luther King Jr. is replacing the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill, along with opera singer Marian Anderson’s 1939 concert at that famous D.C. monument.
The reverse of the new $20 will continue to feature the White House as well as an image of President Andrew Jackson.
The redesigned currency will not be released for another four years, but the design decisions have been eagerly anticipated by activists and citizens alike.
“When I announced last June that a newly redesigned $10 note would feature a woman, I hoped to encourage a national conversation about women in our democracy. The response has been powerful,” Secretary Jacob Lew said in a press release. “You and your fellow citizens from across the country have made your voices heard through town hall discussions and roundtable conversations, and with more than a million responses via mail and email, and through handwritten notes, tweets, and social media posts. Thank you for sharing this thoughtful and impassioned feedback.”
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