Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist born into slavery will replace President Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20 bill. Jackson, the nation’s seventh president and a slave owner will still be featured on the back of the bill juxtaposed with the image of the White House.
I say celebrate Tubman’s legacy of freeing the shackles of slavery and allow her presence on the $20 bill free the bill of slave owner Jackson altogether by just not putting him back on it period. Take Lincoln off the $5 and put him on the back of the $20. Then we have a bill paying tribute to two individuals that made bold moves to stunt slavery.
The $5 bill will be redesigned to feature images from the civil rights movement, historic events that occurred on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and a 1939 performance by opera singer Marian Anderson. President Abraham Lincoln will remain the face of the $5 bill.
I say put Martin Luther King on the front of the $5 and highlight the back with memorable civil rights milestones.
First U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton will remain the face of the $10 bill, but the back of it “will honor the story and the heroes of the women’s suffrage movement against the backdrop of the Treasury Building,” Lew said. Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul are among the women who will be included on the bill.
The Treasury Department has scheduled the new designs for the three bills to be released in 2020, in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the vote. Circulation of the bills is set to begin at a later date.