Abolitionist Harriet Tubman is going on the $20 bill, kicking President Andrew Jackson to the back of the bill. Yes, Hamilton’s mug is staying put. Prominent figures from the civil rights movement will also get a spot on the $5 bill.
Initial discussion to kick Hamilton to the currency curb was met with resistance, including from ex-Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke, who said he was “appalled” at dishonoring the “best and most foresighted economic policymaker in U.S. history.”
And a women’s advocacy group pointed out last year that a) people are more likely to have a $20 bill in their wallet than a $10 bill, and b) Jackson had a terrible rep for his brutal role in removing Native Americans from their land.
If confirmed, Tubman would be the first African-American and the second woman to appear on U.S. paper currency. The other woman? Martha Washington, who appeared on a $1 silver note in the 1880s and ’90s.
Source Cowan: (Black Media Scoop)