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Harriet Tubman Will Be the New Face on $20 Bills


Harriet Tubman Will Be the New Face on $20 Bills (L:Getty / R: Getty)

The $20 bill is getting a face lift.

Former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace former president and slave owner Andrew Jackson on $20 notes.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced the change on Wednesday, calling it the most symbolic makeover of American money in a century .

Jackson will still appear on the notes, but on the back in a smaller size.

Alexander Hamilton will remain on the $10 and Abraham Lincoln will remain on the $5. In addition to Tubman, women and civil rights leaders will be added to the back of $5 and $10 notes by 2020.

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Tubman will be the first African-American to be featured on American currency. She is also the second female to be featured on paper notes. Martha Washington was briefly on a special $1 silver note that was printed between 1896 and 1957. 

Tubman becomes thanks the fourth woman ever to be featured on American currency. Following Martha Washington on the $1 bill, between 1979 and 1981 the Treasury minted a dollar coin featuring Susan B. Anthony and since 2000, a gold dollar coin featuring Sacagawea.

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