Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tubman’s In. Jackson’s Out. What’s It Mean?

By Jennifer Schuesller, Binyamin Appelbaum and Wesley Morris
Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist who helped rescue slaves, in the late 1800s. Credit H. B. Lindsley, via Library of Congress
The United States is adding a few new faces to its currency. Harriet Tubman will appear on the front of a new $20 bill to be unveiled in 2020, and a pair of civil rights scenes, one featuring suffragist leaders, will appear on the backs of redesigned $5 and $10 bills, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday. The old faces will remain. Alexander Hamilton stays on the front of the $10 and Andrew Jackson moves to the back of the $20. But there will be women in American wallets for the first time in more than a century (when Martha Washington appeared) and African-Americans for the first time in the nation’s history. [link]

Harriet Tubman, left, will replace Andrew Jackson on the center of a new $20 note. Credit Left to right: H. B. Lindsley/Library of Congress; U.S. Treasury, via Associated Press