Harriet Tubman isn’t the only African-American or woman to get historic face time on U.S. currency.
In addition to Tubman landing the $20 bill, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew also announced today that Sojourner Truth, Marian Anderson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be added to bills as well.
The back of the new $10 bill (with Alexander Hamilton still on the front) will include an image of the historic march for suffrage that ended on the steps of the Treasury Department and honor the leaders of the suffrage movement—Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul.
The other side of the $5 bill, still fronted by President Lincoln, will honor events at the Lincoln Memorial that helped to shape our history and our democracy and prominent individuals involved in those events, including Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr.
In his letter, Secretary Lew noted that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will work closely with the Federal Reserve to accelerate work on the new $20 and $5 notes, with the goal that all three new notes go into circulation as quickly as possible, consistent with security requirements.
Read Secretary Lew’s entire “Open Letter” about today’s historic announcements here.
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