$20 Bill Will Get A New Face: Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman will be on the $20 bill. Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson. That’s the world that came from Jack Lew, U.S. Treasury secretary, Wednesday.
Lew announced the back of the bill would have a picture of the White House and Jackson. He said it could be a statute of Jackson sitting in Lafayette Square, which is right across from the White House in Washington D.C.
Lew said movement leaders that gave women the right to vote will be on the back of the $10 bill while Alexander Hamilton stays on the front of it. A new $5 bill design will involve historical U.S. movements like Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial.
Lew along with U.S. Treasurer Rosa Rios said the department intends to unveil the three bills’ new design by 2020, in remembrance of the 19th Amendment’s 100th anniversary. The $10 bill will be the first bill to be generated because of security reasons.
There were no exact dates on when the new $5 and $20 bills would be in circulation, but they did say it would begin the moment security problems and technology allowed them to do it.
Lew said the decision to put Tubman on the $20 new bill came after holding town hall meetings, Internet discussions and roundtables with the American people. He said many people were heard about their idea for the bills:
- What should go on front
- What should be on back
- What should be on the bill
Lew said Harriet Tubman’s life is one of America’s great stories. Tubman wasn’t compensated much for the life she led.
In 2015, Lew sent a memo to President Barack Obama, saying he wanted to replace Hamilton with Susan B. Anthony for the $10 bill. And, in the same memo, he said he wanted to stop the penny production.
During the 10-week poll, the Women on 20s group found that Tubman won out over other notable figures: Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt and others by nearly 34 percent.
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