Treasury: Harriet Tubman New Face of $20 Bill

Step aside, Andy: Harriet Tubman superimposed on the current $20 bill.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced today that the image of Harriet Tubman will replace that of Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20 bill.

Tubman, who was born a slave in Maryland in 1822, is famous for her abolitionist work and for helping slaves escape through the Underground Railroad, a secret network of safe houses and routes to free states and Canada.

The news diverges from the currency replacement plan originally announced by the Treasury on June 17, 2015, in which Lew said he planned to put a woman on the $10 bill — one who was “a champion for our inclusive democracy,” he commented at the time.

Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, will remain the face of the $10 bill, CNN reported, in part due to his resurgence in popularity thanks to the Broadway musical “Hamilton.” According to CNN, Lew is also expected to announce that various women will appear on the back of the $10.

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