Harriet Tubman to Replace Jackson on $20 bill

The U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday (April 20) that its giving the $20 bill a makeover.

The proposal is to replace former President Andrew Jackson with abolitionist Harriet Tubman, said reports.

According to USA Today, the Treasury Department previously planned to replace founding father Alexander Hamilton on the $10, but overwhelming support for Hamilton last summer resulted in the change.

Tubman will be the first African-American to appear on U.S. paper currency and the first woman in general in more than a century.

Additionally, the $5, $10 and $20 bills will all be redesigned over the next four years, but will be put into production at various times over the next decade. The bills will feature new security measures to make them harder to counterfeit. New bills will also have tactile features to make them easier for blind citizens to distinguish.

Below are some of the changes announced, via USA Today:

  • President Lincoln will remain on the front of the $5 bill, but the image of the Lincoln Memorial on the back will be redesigned to depict historic events that happened there: Opera singer Marian Anderson’s 1939 concert and Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech.
  • The back of the $10 bill will tell the story of the women’s suffrage movement, which culminated in the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote in 1920. Among the women to be honored on the back of that bill: Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul.
  • To make room for Tubman on the front of the $20 bill, Jackson will be moved to the back where he’ll be incorporated into the existing image of the White House. Lew said that image could depict the statue of Jackson riding horseback in Lafayette Square across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House.