For the first time in history, the United States will be having an African-American on its paper currency.
The U.S. Treasury Department has announced that Harriet Tubman’s face will soon be printed on the redesigned $20 bill, replacing President Andrew Jackson.
Tubman, an Underground Railroad conductor who risked her life to help free slaves, will also be the first woman to be printed on the country’s paper currency in more than a century.
“Today, I’m excited to announce that for the first time in more than a century, the front of our currency will feature the portrait of a woman, Harriet Tubman, on the $20 note,” said Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday. “Her incredible story of courage and commitment to equality embody the ideals of democracy that our nation celebrates, and we’ll continue to value her legacy by honoring her on our currency.”
Jackson’s photo on the currency will be moved to the back of the bill, with the image of the White House.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said that the changes are “a chance to open the aperture to reflect more of America’s history.”
A new $10 bill will also be printed, with Alexander Hamilton on the front and five women leaders of women’s suffrage at the back.
“It’s the essential story of American democracy about how one person who grew up in slavery, never had the benefit of learning how to read or write, could change the course of history,” he said about Tubman.
The new designs are set to be unveiled in 2020, but the circulation date has not yet been revealed. According to Lew, the $10 will be released first.