Harriet Tubman Kicks President Jackson Off the $20 Bill

Anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman will be replacing the image of President Andrew Jackson on America's $20 bill!

The historic move makes Tubman the first woman to appear on a US banknote in over a century with her image appearing at the front of the banknote. President Jackson's image will be seen in the background.

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew described Harriet Tubman as "not just a historical figure but a role model for leadership and participation in our democracy."


"Her incredible story of courage and commitment to equality embodies the ideals of democracy that our nation celebrates"

The image of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founders of the US financial system, will remain on the front of the $10 bill after plans to change the image faced backlash. 


Harriet Tubman, who was born a slave in 1820, made history for her various acts of courage including freeing approximately seventy enslaved families and friends using a network of antislavery activists and safe houses famously known as the 'Underground Railroad'.


Martin Luther King will also appear on the back of the $5 bill.


Words: Keisha McDonald


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