Harriet Tubman to Replace Jackson on $20 Bill

Meanwhile, Alexander Hamilton is sticking around on the 10-spot
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2016 11:44 AM CDT
Harriet Tubman to Replace Jackson on $20 Bill
This photograph released by the Library of Congress shows Harriet Tubman. The photo dates somewhere between 1860 and 1875.   (AP Photo/Library of Congress)

Earlier rumors had it that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was soon to announce a major change to the new $10 bill—specifically, that a woman would replace Alexander Hamilton as the main mug. Instead, sources tell Politico, Lew is expected to announce Wednesday that abolitionist Harriet Tubman is going on the $20 bill, kicking President Andrew Jackson to the back of the bill. Hamilton is staying put, and that leaders of the women's suffrage movement will be put on the back of the sawbuck. Prominent figures from the civil rights movement will also get a spot on the $5 bill.

Initial discussion to kick Hamilton to the currency curb was met with resistance, including from ex-Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke, who said he was "appalled" at dishonoring the "best and most foresighted economic policymaker in US history." And a women's advocacy group pointed out last year that a) people are more likely to have a $20 bill in their wallet than a $10 bill, and b) Jackson had a terrible rep for his brutal role in removing Native Americans from their land. If confirmed, Tubman would be the first African-American and the second woman to appear on US paper currency, per the Palm Beach Post. That other woman? Martha Washington, who appeared on a $1 silver note in the 1880s and '90s, per the Atlantic. (Maybe Hamilton's Pulitzer held some sway?)

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