Harriet Tubman is to grace the front of the $20 bill, becoming the the first African-American to appear on U.S. paper currency and the first woman in more than a century! The announcement was made by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, yesterday, Wednesday, April 20.
He said: “We are putting a woman on the 20, the 10, and the 5 and we are going to move as quickly as we can get all of these bills out there. With this decision, our currency will now tell more of our story and reflect the contributions of women as well as men to our great democracy”
Harriet Tubman was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and a Union spy during the American Civil War. Born a slave Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends.
She is known for using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. In the post-war era was an active participant in the struggle for women’s suffrage. After she died in 1913, she became an icon of American courage and freedom.
Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton hailed the change, as she tweeted:
“A woman, a leader, and a freedom fighter,. “I can’t think of a better choice for the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman.”
The new designs will start to go into effect in 2020, however, when the new bills will enter into circulation is unknown.