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Harriet Tubman to replace President Andrew Jackson on the front of the new $20 bill

Harriet Tubman to replace President Andrew Jackson on the front of the new $20 bill


Harriet Tubman to replace President Andrew Jackson on the front of the new $20 bill
April 21
02:40 2016

Evan McAlister | Staff Writer


Harriet Tubman will be featured on the $20 bill, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Wednesday. Other civil rights leaders, including Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth, will be added to bills in a redesign planned for the $5, $10 and $20 notes.

Lew wrote a letter announcing the $20 bill will have Tubman on the front, and Andrew Jackson will be moved to the back. On the $10 bill, Lew said Anthony and Truth will join Alice Paul and Elizabeth Cady Stanton on the reverse side. Alexander Hamilton will stay on the front of the $10.

The back of the $5 will depict the Lincoln Memorial, and will honor Martin Luther King Jr., Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt and others who made history there.

The public was invited to send names and ideas to the treasury department since Lew announced plans for the $10 bill redesign in June. Citizens called for the $5 and $20 to be redesigned, too.

“Since we began this process, we have heard overwhelming encouragement from Americans to look at notes beyond the $10,” Lew said Wednesday. “This process has been much bigger than one square inch on one bill.”

Under the currency redesign page on the treasury department website, it’s goals are listed for the redesign process. Among the process. Among the reasons for technical redesign are maintaining public confidence, accessibility and usability, facilitating the public’s use and authentication and ensuring U.S. currency employs unique and technologically advanced features to deter counterfeiting.

The Advanced Counterfeit Deterrence program monitors and communicates counterfeit deterrence issues to the secretary of the treasury. ACD recommended the $10 note be the next redesigned note after analyzing and assessing counterfeit threats such as reproduction capabilities and complexities, relative use of other notes in transactions and the impact on consumers and banknote equipment manufacturers.

“It’s the evolution of our American consciousness,” UNT history professor Constance Hilliard said. “Tubman was extraordinary and I feel as though moving from the American revolutions to this is progress. It’s a sort of metaphor for the direction that our country is headed for.”

Thousands of responses were received by the Treasury Department that drove the decision to to put Tubman on the new $20.

Lew said concept designs for the new notes are set to be unveiled in 2020 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

“I’m really celebrating, I think to have such an extraordinary individual on our currency is so important and brings our consumeristic culture closer together,” Hilliard said. “Harriet Tubman did so much despite her personal afflictions.”

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