Jackson out, Tubman in


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In this mock up of the future 20 dollar bill, Harriet Tubman adorns the front side; which will make her the first woman and first African American to appear on the US dollar

Micaela Harris, Editor in Chief

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill.


When the crisp bills roll out in 2030, Tubman will be the first African American and the first woman to grace the front of a United States dollar. A club that was previously limited to white men such as Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton- who was rumored to be making a move, but will continue to be the face of the ten dollar bill.


Many have been vocal about Tubman’s move to the note, especially the 2016 presidential candidates. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton tweeted: “A woman, a leader, and a freedom fighter. I can’t think of a better choice for the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman”. Her opponent and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders also shared his  opinion with his twitter followers stating: “I cannot think of an American hero more deserving of this honor than Harriet Tubman.”


Across the aisle, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is not as excited as his counterparts. Thursday morning on the “Today” show Trump said: “I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic, but I would love to leave Andrew Jackson or see if we can maybe come up with another denomination.”
The old saying goes “great minds think alike”; such is the case with Mr. Trump and Dr. Ben Carson. According to CNN, both men suggested that we keep former president Jackson on the 20 and put the female abolitionist on the two dollar bill… Despite the fact that the United States no longer distributes currency with a two dollar value.