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Washington - Girl Who Wrote Obama Excited About Tubman On $20 Bill

Published on: April 21, 2016 10:13 PM
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In this Wednesday, April 20, 2016, photo, Sofia, 11, stands with a U.S. $20 bill outside of her home in Cambridge, Mass. Sofia, who wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to put a woman on U.S. paper currency has gotten her wish. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Wednesday that African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be featured on the front of the $20 bill. (Ryan Mcbride/Boston Herald via AP) In this Wednesday, April 20, 2016, photo, Sofia, 11, stands with a U.S. $20 bill outside of her home in Cambridge, Mass. Sofia, who wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to put a woman on U.S. paper currency has gotten her wish. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Wednesday that African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be featured on the front of the $20 bill. (Ryan Mcbride/Boston Herald via AP)

Washington - A Massachusetts fifth-grader has a special reason to celebrate the announcement that African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be featured on the $20 bill.

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She wrote to President Barack Obama last year suggesting that a woman be put on U.S. currency and offered a list of possible names, including Tubman’s.

The girl is Sofia; her family asks that her full name not be used. She tells the Associated Press that she was ecstatic to get the news in a phone call from U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on Wednesday — her 11th birthday.

Sofia says she asked Obama in the letter why there were no women on U.S. currency.

Tubman escaped from slavery and later helped other slaves gain freedom.

Sofia says Tubman risked her own life to save others.



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 Apr 22, 2016 at 08:22 AM ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

What a great story! We don't know if it was her letter that directly influenced this decision, however it is a great outcome all around.

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 Apr 22, 2016 at 10:28 AM bennyt Says:

Why isn't Obama's mama being put on the $20 bill? Look at what she brought into the world...............

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 Apr 22, 2016 at 01:38 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Harriet Tubman was one of the greatest American heroes, all the more so since she did what she did while not in uniform. She is a fine choice to be on the new banknotes.

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