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Apr 2016

Harriet Tubman Makes Move to $20 Bill

The abolitionist will replace Andrew Jackson on the currency, the Treasury Department announced...
By Melissa Kimble

Harriet Tubman Makes Move to $20 Bill
   

Last year, JETMag.com reported that a group of campaigners known as Women on 20s, were vying for Harriet Tubman to be on the $20 bill, and now it looks like they’ve got their wish. According to Politico, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday will announce plans to replace former President Andrew Jackson on the currency with Harriet Tubman. The announcement also includes keeping Alexander Hamilton on the front of the $10 bill and putting leaders of the women’s suffrage movement on the back of the bill.

Last year, the idea of putting the abolitionist on the bill was up for debate, as writer and editor Feminista Jones shared here:

“It’s clear that putting her face on America’s currency would undermine her legacy. By escaping slavery and helping many others do the same, Tubman became historic for essentially stealing “property.” Her legacy is rooted in resisting the foundation of American capitalism. Tubman didn’t respect America’s economic system, so making her a symbol of it would be insulting.”

But others favor of the move, particularly women leaders, including one of EBONY Magazine’s March #WomenUp Cover Stars:

The Treasury Department also said changes are coming for the $5 bill to depict Civil Rights Movement leaders, according to Reuters.

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