Posted on April 20, 2016

Harriet Tubman to Replace Andrew Jackson on the Face of the $20 Bill

Margaret Chadbourn and Mary Bruce, ABC News, April 20, 2016

African-American civil rights activist and abolitionist Harriet Tubman will become the new face of the $20 bill, replacing former President Andrew Jackson, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced today, while Alexander Hamilton will remain on the $10 bill.

The changes are part of an effort by the Obama administration to put a woman on paper currency and Lew said that along with Tubman becoming the face of the $20 bill, images of women and civil rights era leaders will also be added to bills.

“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,” Lew said in an interview with ABC News.

The new designs will start to go into effect in 2020, the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.