The U.S. Treasury Department decided two weeks ago to issue future $20 bills with the face of Harriet Tubman, former slave and abolitionist, rather than Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the U.S.
According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Tubman was chosen for her dedication to liberty. The department website explains that Tubman was born a slave, escaped, and began work on the Underground Railroad. It also notes her assistance to the Union during the Civil War.
According to Fortune, the Treasury Department originally planned to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with a woman. However, some have suggested that the increasingly popular Broadway show following Hamilton’s life was the reason Hamilton will remain.
According to Fortune, the show has raised awareness among Americans of Hamilton’s importance. The play shows his humble beginnings and the great impact he had on the American economic system. These people felt that Hamilton should remain on the bill, and the Treasury Department received criticism for their decision.
Despite removing him from the front, the Treasury has decided to keep an image of Andrew Jackson on the reverse of the $20 bill.
There will also be additions, many of them women, to the $10 and $5 bills. Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul will be pictured on the reverse of the $10 bill. Martin Luther King, Jr., Marian Anderson, and Eleanor Roosevelt will be featured on the reverse of the $5 bill.
By Kaitlyn Brown ’19, Staff Writer