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Harriet Tubman Is the New Face of the $20 Bill!
Written by Project Inspired
Posted on April 21, 2016 at 5:45 am
The yearlong attempt by the U.S. Treasury Department to select a woman whose face will appear on future American bills has ended. Harriet Tubman, the African American abolitionist and humanitarian who escaped from slavery and helped more than 300 slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad, will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of a new $20 bill. Alexander Hamilton will remain on the front of the $10 bill. New designs for $5 and $10 notes will also feature women.
This great honor is a long time coming for women and minorities alike!
Tubman was also a devout Christian. Check out this awesome article about her faith:
The announcement followed almost a year of heated public debate, shaped by social media and history. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke weighed in, stating that Tubman was an “excellent and deserving choice.”
The final concept designs of new $20, $10 and $5 bills are scheduled to be completed and unveiled by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
Do you agree that Harriet Tubman is a great choice? In what ways does she inspire you?