Peace Out, Jackson: Harriet Tubman Is Coming to the $20 Bill
Whether you look down at your money with a let’s-go-splurge kind of expression or a where’d-you-all-go furrow, there will soon be a new face looking back at you. Get ready, because this is some seriously awesome news! The US Treasury has just announced that the truly inspirational abolitionist heroine Harriet Tubman will be the new figure featured on the $20 bill. Female financial fronting FTW!
The decision to put Harriet Tubman on the new twenties is a bit of an adjustment after there was a backlash against the idea of removing Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill. The treasury was quick to squelch that plan, telling POLITICO, “There are a number of options of how we can resolve this. We’re not taking Alexander Hamilton off our currency.”
The new plan will see Harriet Tubman replacing former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, with Alexander Hamilton remaining on the front of the $10 bill and leaders of the women’s rights movement being added to the back of the tens. More changes are set to come for the $5 bill, but they haven’t quite been solidified yet.
Harriet Tubman is the perfect iconic figure to choose for daily recognition, as she rightfully remains one of the most admired members of the abolitionist movement, being responsible for the freedom of countless former slaves.
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Editor’s Note: An earlier headline on this post mistakenly said Tubman would be replacing Hamilton on the $20, and not Jackson. We’ve corrected the error and regret our brain fart!