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Washington - Treasury Official Says Harriet Tubman Will Go On $20 Bill, First Woman In 100 Years

Published on: April 20, 2016 12:58 PM
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FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, file photo, a woman holds a sign supporting Harriet Tubman for the $20 bill during a town hall meeting at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y. A Treasury official said Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman on U.S. paper currency in 100 years. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson, File)FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, file photo, a woman holds a sign supporting Harriet Tubman for the $20 bill during a town hall meeting at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y. A Treasury official said Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman on U.S. paper currency in 100 years. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson, File)

Washington - Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman on U.S. paper currency in 100 years, a Treasury official said Wednesday.

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The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of Lew’s official announcement, said that the 19th century abolitionist and a leader of the Underground Railroad, would replace the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president.

Lew’s announcement is expected to provide details on other changes being made to the $20, $10 and $5 bills.

The decision to place Tubman’s portrait on the $20 likely means that Lew has decided to keep Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, a victory for those who had opposed his initial plan to remove Hamilton.

An online group, Women on 20s, said it was encouraged that Lew was responding to its campaign to replace Jackson with a woman. But it said it would not claim victory unless Lew also committed to issuing the new $20 bill at the same time that the redesigned $10 bill is scheduled to be issued in 2020.

The $10 bill is the next note scheduled to be redesigned to introduce updated protections against counterfeiting. That redesign was scheduled to be unveiled in 2020, which marks the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote. Lew had often cited that connection as a reason to put a woman on the $10 bill.

However, the effort ran into strong objections from supporters of Hamilton, who is enjoying renewed interest with the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

The expectation is that Lew will propose replacing the Treasury building, now on the back of the $10 bill, with a mural-style depiction of the suffrage moment.



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 Apr 20, 2016 at 01:09 PM ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

Guess the hasidim will have to blur out her face

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 01:20 PM Judith Says:

Excellent choice. A heroine who devoted her life to save others.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 01:32 PM bennyt Says:

Looks like Obummer's mama!

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 02:17 PM Jew Says:

Finally, now the world is a better place. All hate is gone!!

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 02:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

Guess the hasidim will have to blur out her face

You. Guess. Wrong.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 02:40 PM Wondering_Star Says:

Reply to #3  
bennyt Says:

Looks like Obummer's mama!

Your comment is disgusting and racist. You are also ignorant. President Obama's mother was Caucasian and his father was African.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 03:27 PM Anonymous Says:

New square will protest.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 03:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
bennyt Says:

Looks like Obummer's mama!

She was a white Christian woman named Ann Dunham.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 03:37 PM Just half of her face Says:

Reply to #1  
ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

Guess the hasidim will have to blur out her face

Some will just avoid holding the 20 bill. Others will black put part of the face

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 04:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Sad. Jackson should stay, he was a president. Hamilton can be replaced.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 04:47 PM zundel Says:

at least they removed jackson who they couldnt even figure out how he got on in the first place ,instead of hamilton who fought for the freedom we enjoy

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 05:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
bennyt Says:

Looks like Obummer's mama!

You obviously have never seen a picture of his mother.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 05:32 PM Anonymous Says:

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Just half of her face Says:

Some will just avoid holding the 20 bill. Others will black put part of the face

They'll just use $10 bills.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 05:51 PM Yossi Stern Says:

we all remember when The Zeitung blocked out Mrs. Clintons photo from the photo of Osama bin Ladin raid , so will happen now when we will start seeing $20 bills all marked up not to see a womens face....

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 06:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

Guess the hasidim will have to blur out her face

What is it that makes u so hateful? Were u abused?

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 07:59 PM sissel613 Says:

Why is it that some of you only judge people by their color?!?! Do you have any idea who Harriet Tubman was? Do any of you know that she was an abused slave? Do any of you know that she was seriously injured and nearly died, by a metal object thrown by a slave master that was meant for another slave who was running away? Do any of you know that she escaped to the North and worked tirelessly to help other suffering slaves? Do any of you know that during the Civil War, she risked her life again and again to spy for the North? Do any of you know that she was an nurse and a scout? Now you do. I, for one, think this was an excellent choice and someone we can all learn from. Maybe she wasn't in Mitzrayim, but she fared no better. A kusher and a gezintin yomtov

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 08:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Wait... that's a man on the $20?

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 09:09 PM yaakov doe Says:

Who cares as long as they're accepted as currency?

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 09:25 PM jasper Says:

Why is every comment that you make, no matter the topic, so filled with vitriol? You really need to chill out, enjoy life, and see the good in the world that was created by Hashem. I wish you a Chag sameach.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 09:45 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

A wonderful choice. A great American hero. She was a slave, a spy and she rescued the weak.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 09:48 PM Anonymous Says:

A white sheet and hood would suit you.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 10:07 PM Psychologist Says:

What a disgusting and racist remark. I will not waste my time explaining what is wrong with your logic because nothing I write is likely to change your views (expressed here and in other posts). However, such posts as yours need deserve to be condemned and that is why I write. Shame on you as a frum person who can so easily see through Anti-Semitism and yet so easily fall prey to racism against others.

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