Harriet Tubman will be the new face of the $20 bill. And yes, it’s a big deal.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has announced some major changes coming to paper currency. After more than 100 years of printing money, this will be the first U.S. paper note to feature the portrait of a woman.

Tubman, who escaped slavery and became an abolitionist, returned to the South at least 19 times to free slaves. She went on to lead hundreds of people to freedom along the Underground Railroad, a network of routes and safe houses. During the Civil War, Tubman worked as a spy and nurse for the Union government. After the war, she continued to help black people by turning her home into the Home for Indigent and Aged Negroes. While the bills won’t reach circulation for another decade, this is a huge victory for representation and inclusion.

In my own opinion, I applaud  US Treasury’s decision to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. She was a true American hero and fighter for freedom. Also, it was interesting that there was a national debate whether to go with Harriet Tubman or the war criminal slave owner who did a genocide that one time.


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