WASHINGTON (WJHL) – Treasury officials say a new face will be on the $20 bil1. Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson, said a Treasury spokesman. This makes her the first woman on U.S. currency in 100 years, according to the Associated Press.
The change was sparked by a grassroots campaign to dedicate the $20 bill exclusively to women.
Tubman escaped slavery becoming a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route known as the ‘Underground Railroad’.
The Treasury official spoke on the condition of anonymity in advance of Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew’s official announcement.
Jackson was the nation’s seventh president.
The decision to place Tubman’s portrait on the $20 likely means that Lew has decided to keep Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, a victory for those who had opposed his initial plan to remove Hamilton.
The announcement is expected to provide details on other changes being made to the $20, $10 and $5 bills.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.