Wednesday, April 20, 2016

'Underground Railroad' Hero Harriet Tubman To Replace Andrew Jackson On $20 Bill

The most famous "conductor" of the 'Underground Railroad,' Harriet Tubman, will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Via Politico:

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday will announce a decision to keep Alexander Hamilton on the front of the $10 bill and put leaders of the movement to give women the right to vote on the back of the bill, sources tell POLITICO.

Treasury will also announce that it plans to replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the sources said. There will also be changes to the $5 bill to depict civil rights era leaders.

Lew’s decision comes after he announced last summer that he was considering replacing Hamilton on the $10 bill with a woman. The announcement drew swift rebukes from fans of Hamilton, who helped create the Treasury Department and the modern American financial system.

As everyone knows, Tubman escaped from slavery at the age of 29 during the American Civil War, but returned to the south over and over again to rescue other slaves from the plantation system via a secret network of safe houses.

Truly an American hero.

This move comes after initial plans to remove Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill and replace him with a female historic figure. You can perhaps credit the Pultizer Prize winning Broadway musical HAMILTON for that reversal.

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