Harriet Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, reports say.
Tubman is a celebrated civil rights leader who was born into slavery and helped families escape chains using the Underground Railroad. She later campaigned for women’s suffrage. She would be the first woman on the front of American paper currency in more than 100 years.
Along with the change to the $20, Lew is expected to announce that Alexander Hamilton – who has come back into vogue after becoming the subject of a hit Broadway musical – will remain on the front of the $10 bill while leaders of the women’s suffrage movement will appear on the back, according to Politico.
The $5 bill will also be altered to depict civil rights era leaders.
Last May, a nonprofit group called Women on 20s, suggested that the abolitionist replace Jackson on the $20 bill by the year 2020 – the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted women in the US the right to vote.
Lew announced in June that a woman would grace the redesigned $10 bill in the year 2020.