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Maryland-Born Harriet Tubman To Adorn New $20 Bill

April 20th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Maryland-born abolitionist Harriet Tubman will take President Andrew Jackson's place on the $20 bill, becoming the first woman on American paper currency, Politico reports.

Sources tell Politico Treasury Secretary Jack Lew plans to announce the change Tuesday afternoon.

“It is long past time that a woman be featured on American currency. I helped introduce a bill to honor Harriet Tubman on the front of the $10 bill by 2020, in time for the centennial of the 19th Amendment,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski said in a statement. “The Treasury Department is now saying women will be on the back of the $10, and that Harriet Tubman will be on the $20, but we don’t know when that will happen. Women have waited long enough. I urge fast action by the Treasury Department to recognize the lasting legacy of Harriet Tubman.”

Tubman was born a slave in the 1820s in Dorchester County, but escaped in 1849 and became a key figure in both the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. She helped lead more than 70 slaves to freedom. Today, sites near her native Cambridge are a national park.

“Harriet Tubman was called the Moses of her people, and it was a name hard-earned," Rep. Elijah Cummings said in a statement. “Born in Maryland, she escaped slavery and courageously fought for the freedom of other slaves before the Civil War. She continued to battle injustice and inequality until her death."

Initially, a woman was slated to take the place of the nation's first Treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton, on the $10 bill, but both renewed interest in Hamilton and Jackson's own controversial history perhaps played into the move.

For his part, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the newly-minted Pulitzer winner for his smash-hit musical "Hamilton," expressed his wishes to Lew last month, NBC reported at the time.

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