Andrew Jackson Takes A Back Seat To Harriet Tubman On The New $20 Bill

A woman holds a sign supporting Harriet Tubman for the $20 bill Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, during a town hall meeting at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Although the meeting with U.S. Tr... A woman holds a sign supporting Harriet Tubman for the $20 bill Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, during a town hall meeting at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Although the meeting with U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios was part of plans to redesign the $10 bill, several in attendance said they wanted to see a woman on the $20 bill, too. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson) MORE LESS
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Late Update: Contrary to earlier reports, Andrew Jackson will not be removed entirely from the $20 bill. Harriet Tubman will replace him on the front of the bill, and he will be moved to the back of the bill with an image of the White House, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew wrote in an open letter to the American public.

Lew provided additional details about the new image that will appear on the back of the $10 bill. While Alexander Hamilton has retained his position on the front of the $10 bill, the back of the bill will commemorate a famous suffragist march in 1913 and “honor Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul for their contributions to the suffrage movement,” Lew wrote.

In his letter Lew also announced changes to the back of the $5 bill:

The reverse of the new $5 will depict the historic events that have occurred at the Lincoln Memorial. In 1939, at a time when Washington’s concert halls were still segregated, world-renowned Opera singer Marian Anderson helped advance civil rights when, with the support of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, she performed at the Lincoln Memorial in front of 75,000 people. And in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the same monument in front of hundreds of thousands. Honoring these figures will bring to life events at the Lincoln Memorial that helped to shape our history and our democracy. The front of the new $5 will continue to feature President Lincoln.

Original story:

The Treasury Department will announce on Wednesday that Alexander Hamilton will remain on the $10 bill and instead, the government will replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman, Politico reported, citing unnamed sources.

The Treasury Department will also add images on the back of the $10 bill of leaders in the push for women to have the right to vote, according to Politico.

CNN reported earlier this week that the Treasury Department would nix plans to remove Alexander Hamilton from U.S. currency and instead replace Andrew Jackson.

After Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said last summer that he was considering replacing Hamilton with a woman on the $10 bill, the move saw protests, especially due to the popularity of the new Broadway musical “Hamilton.

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  1. I would have replaced him with FDR and put Tubman on the $500 but eh…what the hell. At least that cracker is gone.

  2. Oh the Repub racists are going to love that choice.

  3. Oh my gosh. That’s fabulous!!

  4. Way to go, Harriet!

  5. They probably want Nancy Reagan. Or Phyllis Schlafly. Or Anita Bryant. Or Callista Gingrich.

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