Harriet Tubman to Replace Andrew Jackson on $20 Bill, Alexander Hamilton Will Remain on the $10
By Alex Ungerman
Harriet Tubman is coming to the $20!
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce that the abolitionist hero will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the U.S. paper currency, and also keep Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, Politico reports.
Additionally, female leaders from the American suffrage movement will reportedly be featured on the back of the $10 bill.
The big money move has drawn widespread praise, including from presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, who tweeted, "A woman, a leader, and a freedom fighter. I can't think of a better choice for the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman."
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Political activist and current first lady of New York City Chirlane McCray -- who is married to Mayor Bill de Blasio -- also celebrated the news, tweeting, "Justice is served. #GoodbyeJackson #HelloHarriet."
Last year, the Treasury Deptartment's plans to replace Hamilton on the $10 bill drew criticism both from advocates of having a female historical figure replace the controversial Jackson, and supporters of leaving Hamilton on his bill, especially as the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, has continued to win hearts and ears during its sold-out New York City run.
The musical's creator Lin-Manuel Miranda even reportedly lobbied Lew to keep Hamilton on the currency.
One vocal opponent to Tubman's inclusion on the $20 in the past was The View co-host Raven-Symone, who said last year that she believed Rosa Parks would be a better choice.
"No offense to everyone that's going to be mad at me for saying this, I don't like that idea. I don't like it," she said at the time. "I think we need to move a little bit forward. Let me just preface that I understand the history, I get it, trust me, I was taught, I'm in that culture."
"I would have chosen someone that is closer to the progression that we're doing now," she continued. "And I know you have to understand history so that you don't repeat it, but that doesn't really happen in our world, because we still repeat history of hating other cultures over and over again. So I would choose a different one, no offense."