*Update: Harriet Tubman will not replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. She will be featured on the front and Andrew Jackson will be on the back.*
Harriet Tubman is most popularly known as an abolitionist who made several missions to free slaves from plantations. But she also the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the Civil war, and an effective Union scout and spy. In a phrase, the sister was BAD. Here’s a brief history courtesy of Crissle (from The Read) and Octavia Butler;
“The Treasury Department will announce on Wednesday afternoon that Harriet Tubman, an African-American who ferried thousands of slaves to freedom, will replace the slaveholding Andrew Jackson on the center of a new $20 note, according to a Treasury official, while newly popular Alexander Hamilton will remain on the face of the $10 bill.
Other depictions of women and civil rights leaders will also be part of new currency designs.
The new designs, from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, would be made public in 2020 in time for the centennial of woman’s suffrage and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. None of the bills, including a new $5 note, would reach circulation until the next decade.”
The responses on twitter have been lit.
Is the To Pimp a Butterly Cover on the back of the new Tubman $20 bill asking for too much? pic.twitter.com/c7eGMwWBfg
— alex medina (@mrmedina) April 20, 2016
How all women are going to be walking around when we get those new Harriet Tubman $20 bills 💁🏾 pic.twitter.com/MHWOuRttRL
— xoNecole (@xonecole) April 20, 2016
Pay me my money in Tubs
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 20, 2016
YAAAS to this ancestral black girl magic!