Harriet Tubman, a renowned abolitionist, will appear in front of the $20 bill, replacing Andrew Jackson, who was the seventh President of the US. She becomes the first woman featured on U.S. paper currency in modern times.
Jack Lew, the Treasury Department secretary announced the decision, which would make Tubman the first black American and second woman to appear on American paper currency, on Wednesday.
Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland, and was regularly beaten and whipped by her slave masters. She escaped, and later made 13 separate missions to rescue scores of enslaved families, helping them reach the free Northern states. She was also an active participant in the women’s suffrage movement.
According to the new designs, the back of the $5 bill will also change to depict civil rights leaders, while the front will keep the image of Abraham Lincoln. Leaders of the women’s suffrage movement will also appear on the back of the $10 bill.