Harriet Tubman to Replace Andrew Jackson on the Face of the $20 Bill

This photograph released by the Library of Congress and provided by Abrams Books shows Harriet Tubman in a photograph dating from 1860-75. Tubman was born into slavery, but escaped to Philadelphia in 1849, and provided valuable intelligence to Union forces during the Civil War. The image is one of nearly 500 photographs, lithographs, paintings, drawings and cartoons from the library's collection published in a new volume, "The American Civil War - 365 Days". (AP Photo/Library of Congress)


(ABC)– U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will announce today that Harriet Tubman will become the new face of the $20 bill, replacing former President Andrew Jackson, and that Alexander Hamilton will remain on the $10 bill, according to a Treasury spokesman.

The Obama administration had earlier announced plans to put a woman on the $10 bill but the renewed interest in Hamilton, the nation’s first Treasury secretary, pushed the government to abandon that idea and instead target the $20 bill for a redesign.

Hamilton, who has been featured on the $10 bill since 1929, has recently risen in popularity due to the hit Broadway musical that bears his name.

Tubman, an African-American, was a Civil War-era abolitionist.

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