Anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman oddly turns into a $20 partner as the ex-slave will now share a face with an ex-slave owner president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.
The new decision will push the slave owner and the former president Andrew Jackson to the currency’s back, while the founding father Alexander Hamilton will remain on the face of the $10 bill.
It has been argued for months now that Alexander Hamilton should be booted off the $10 bill but the argument later turned into whether Jackson should be kicked off the $20.
However, U.S Treasury Secretary Jack Lew stated on Wednesday that Hamilton will appear in front of the $10 with a gallery of women on the back while the $20 will be featured by Tubman on the front with a little respect to Jackson on the back.
This is part of a historic remodeling of U.S. currency intending to bring to focus America’s legacy of slavery and gender inequality. Lew described the story of Harriet Tubman, which has thwarted history “the essential story of American democracy” and the power of an individual to make a difference.
He added that “so much of what America believe has changed for better for this country is reflected in what she struggled for.” Tubman was chosen for her leadership and work helping others after so many people were considered.
Harriet Tubman, was an African-American abolitionist and humanitarian who served as a Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, she suffered a lot of brutality and maltreatment from her masters. She later escaped and subsequently made some rescue missions to set approximately seventy enslaved families and friends free, through the network of antislavery activists and safe houses called the Underground Railroad.
Her role made slave owners uncomfortable, prompting a handful to declare her ‘wanted’ as well as placing a reward on her head. The black woman also played a significant role after the war especially in the struggle for women’s suffrage.
Also experiencing changes in the expected disclosure are the $5 and $10 bills.
The front of the new $5 bill, which features Abraham Lincoln on the front, will retain its look, while the back will honor the civil rights movement with pictures of Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt and black opera singer Marian Anderson, who gained popularity for singing on the Lincoln Memorial in 1939.
Though, the new $10 bill did not kick out the father of the modern U.S. economic system, the new bill recognizes women by showing on its back a picture of the 1913 march for women’s suffrage that ended at the Treasury Department.
It will also pay homage to women’s right leaders such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth. Lew is expecting to release the design concept for the new bills by 2020, and go into circulations the shortest possible time.
He said the $10 bill was scheduled to go out first, citing security needs.