After much deliberation, it finally happened.
The United States Treasury has decided to replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill rather than Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. Harriet Tubman will be Jackson’s replacement, and the first female minority to be featured on a dollar bill.
Personally, this is the part I am most excited for. I didn’t think that Hamilton deserved to be replaced on the bill because he started the National Bank. And honestly, life would have gone on if they hadn’t replaced Jackson either.
Originally, the National Treasury was going to replace Hamilton because the $10 bill would need to be re-vamped first. Despite my feminist views, I never really understood why they would replace the founder of the National Bank with a woman, especially one who had nothing to do with money. But I wasn’t going to complain. Now, Hamilton stays (probably thanks to fans of the award-winning musical) and Jackson goes. That being said, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has announced that the back of the $10 bill will feature women who contributed to the abolitionist movement. The $5 bill will include leaders of the Civil Rights movement.
Again, this wasn’t really something that I thought to lobby for, but now that it’s happening, I’m so excited. These new bills will be diverse and offer recognition to countless American heroes and heroines.
In light of all the new changes, I am particularly excited for Tubman to grace the front of the $20 bill, with Jackson still appearing on the back. Regardless of Jackson’s monetary stance, he started the Trail of Tears. To me, it’s uncomfortable to honor a president who is largely remembered for the removal of several Native American tribes, especially since it resulted in the deaths of over 4,000 Cherokees.
It’s fitting that his replacement is a woman who saved many. Tubman was an escaped slave and one of the most influential directors of the Underground Railroad. While Jackson almost erased an entire minority population, Tubman was extremely instrumental in helping to save an estimated 100,000 slaves.
Tubman is the first woman and the first African-American to grace the front of a bill, both of which are admittedly very cool historical moments. But the excitement also comes from knowing that the face on a bill will be that of a heroine – a black woman who fought against an injustice in the United States.