In 2020, Harriett Tubman, who helped hundreds of slaves escape to freedom, will be the new face of $20 bills.
She will make history as the first African American on U.S. currency.
The U.S. Treasury Department made the announcement yesterday.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus commented on the news:
It brings me great joy to learn that the United States will honor abolitionist Harriet Tubman by placing her image on the $20 bill, said Chairman Butterfield. An African American woman, former slave, freedom fighter, and leader for womens rights, Ms. Tubman was a true visionary who is most deserving of this recognition. Ms. Tubman was dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans until her death in 1913. Her legacy continues to impact all Americans to this day and will live on for generations to come.
Furthermore, the $5 and $10 bills will also feature new historic images that remind us of the activists that have made America a more perfect union, said Chairman Butterfield. These designs will represent a more inclusive America by finally representing women, many of whom have been absent in important historical accounts of American history. They made strides towards voting rights and more freedom for Americans. Brave leaders such as Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, and Alice Paul are symbols of our democracy that deserve much needed recognition amongst many others.
I applaud the Treasury Departments decision to feature Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, womens suffrage leaders including Sojourner Truth on the $10 bill, and civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King Jr. and Marian Anderson on the $5 bill, said Rep. Maxine Waters. These depictions on our nations currency are long overdue and will show the world the remarkable progress our country has made on the road to equality. The Secretarys decision recognizes the important contributions of women and people of color to our society. I look forward to the circulation of these bills so that we can all feel the weight of history in our hands.