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Harriet Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson on $20 bill

7 years 7 months 1 week ago Wednesday, April 20 2016 Apr 20, 2016 April 20, 2016 11:56 AM April 20, 2016 in News
Source: ABC News and Associated Press
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US- The $20 bill will soon have a new face.

According to ABC News, Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20 bill.

A Treasury Department spokesman announced the change on Tuesday.

Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist during the American Civil War.

A grass roots group, Women on 20s, had been pushing to get a woman's portrait on the $20 bill, which currently features Andrew Jackson. They had conducted an online poll that gathered over 600,000 votes. African-American abolitionist Harriett Tubman was the top choice in that poll.

Many groups have been campaigning to get a woman honored on the nation's paper currency, which has been an all-male domain for more than a century. The last woman featured on U.S. paper money was Martha Washington, who was on a dollar silver certificate from 1891 to 1896. The only other woman ever featured on U.S. paper money was Pocahontas, from 1865 to 1869. Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea are on dollar coins.

Last year, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that a redesign of the $10 would feature the first woman, replacing Alexander Hamilton, however the decision was changed to the $20 bill.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, sponsored the legislation last year.

"While it may not be the twenty dollar bill, make no mistake, this is a historic announcement," Shaheen said in a statement. "Young girls across this country will soon be able to see an inspiring woman on the ten dollar bill."

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