AZUZ: By the year 2020, there will be a new face on the U.S. $20 bill. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew made the announcement yesterday. The Treasury Department has the authority to decide who appears on U.S. currency, as long as the person is deceased. And though the image of former President Andrew Jackson has been in the front of the $20s since 1928, it will be moved to the back of the bill. The front replaced by a prominent abolitionist and women's rights advocate named Harriet Tubman.
A former slave, Tubman escaped to freedom in 1849 and then led hundreds of other slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. It was a secret organization of safe houses that helped them move from place to place on their way to Canada. After the Civil War, Tubman ran a home for orphans and the elderly.
Secretary Lew originally proposed featuring a woman on the $10 bill alongside former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. But after the public had its say, he decided to overhaul the $20.
Tubman is not the first woman to appear on U.S. currency, but she is the first on paper money in more than 100 years.