Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will announce Wednesday that the conductor of the Underground Railroad during the turbulent 1850s, Harriet Tubman, will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.
Lew is also expected to announce that leaders of the movement to give women the right to vote will be on the back of the $10 bill. Alexander Hamilton will remain the face of that bill. Lew said in a memo to President Barack Obama in 2015 that he intended to remove Hamilton from the $10, replacing him with Susan B. Anthony.
The change to Tubman may not take place anytime soon. CNN reported Sunday the soonest the U.S. could see the new $20 would be 2030. A Treasury official did not immediately return a request for more information on when Tubman could feasibly appear on the $20 note. Tubman is famous for helping lead slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. She also helped nurse ill Union troops, helped fight for the end of slavery and was a suffragist who advocated for women to have the right to vote.
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