Harriet Tubman courtesy photo from East Idaho News (Courtesy photo from East Idaho News, East Idaho News)

Harriet Tubman will be the new face of the $20 bill

Harriet Tubman will officially be appearing on the $20 bill by 2020.

This decision was made as a result of a campaign to either replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill or Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, according to The New York times. After months of deliberation,Treasury officials revealed today that Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist leader who helped rescue slaves in the late 1800s.

The new design from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will be made available in the year 2020 in time for the centennial of women’s suffrage and the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

Tubman’s appearance on the $20 bill has special historical resonance, according to NPR. Tubman received $20 from the U.S. government as her monthly pension for her service during the Civil War and for her status as a widow of a veteran.

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