Harriet Tubman Chosen as the New Face of the $20 Dollar Bill

It’s official. Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew clarified Wednesday that the back of the $20 will feature an image of the White House as well as an image of former president Jackson. However, the image on front of the bill will be the face of Harriet Tubman.

A nonprofit campaign called Women on 20’s initiated an ongoing push to put a woman on the $20 by 2020. Tubman was the winner of a 10-week poll conducted by the group in 2015, beating out Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and others by taking 33.6 percent of the 352,431 votes cast in the final round of the poll.

Barbara Ortiz Howard, Women On 20s founder, said in a statement that the group wants to see the new bills in circulation asap. “It’s time to get the party started honoring women on the new $10 and a new $20 in time for 2020,” she said.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew also announced that a new design of the back of the $5 bill will reflect historic moments that took place at the Lincoln Memorial, like Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech.” And the leaders of the movement to give women the right to vote will be featured on the back of the $10 bill. Alexander Hamilton will remain the face of that bill.

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The new faces on $5, $10 and $20 bills include (top, left to right): Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony. And (bottom, left to right) Eleanor Roosevelt, Marian Anderson, Martin Luther King Jr. and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

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