First African American, Harriet Tubman, To Appear On 20 US Dollar Bill


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Alexander Hamilton has won this duel.

The Founding Father will remain on the front of the $10 bill, the Treasury Department announced Wednesday.

But on the back of the sawbuck, suffragists who fought to give women the right to vote will be added, including Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul.

And on the $20 bill, abolitionist Harriet Tubman is replacing President Andrew Jackson.

“I’m very excited by it and I think it’s much bigger than just honoring one woman,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told NBC News. “This is about saying that our money is going to tell a much bigger part of our story.”

Lew said the depictions of the women who fought for the right to vote is far more compelling than the steps of the Treasury building currently shown on the back of $10.

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There will also be changes to the $5 bill. It will depict famous events from the Lincoln Memorial, such as the historic moment when First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt invited Marian Anderson to sing on the monument’s steps because the concert halls in Washington D.C. were segregated.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have Dream” speech, delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, will also be depicted.

The bills will be unveiled in 2020 — the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Lew said the new notes will go into circulation as fast as possible after that.

.: Treasury Department to Put a Woman on the $10 Bill in 2020

Last year, the U.S. Treasury surprised advocates who were pressing to get a woman on the $20 bill, by announcing a woman would go on the redesigned $10 bill. That drew outrage from defenders of Hamilton, who was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr.

“We did this the old fashioned way, we said we were going to listen to the American people and we did. We heard a lot of commentary that a woman should be on the $20, not the $10,” Lew told NBC News.

“There was a sense that’s the bill that people use the most. If we’re really going put a woman on a bill that people see, as being an important statement, it should be the $20.”

via NBC News


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