The first woman to appear on U.S. currency has been announced: The envelope, please

The first woman to appear on U.S. currency has been announced: The envelope, please
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Out with the old, in with — well …. the not quite as old.

After some gnashing of teeth over who would replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, the decision was made that no one would — at least not for the time being.

Hamilton, the first treasury secretary, is enjoying something of a renaissance thanks to the play “Hamilton,” currently Broadway’s hottest ticket.

So the choice was made to keep Hamilton and lose Andrew Jackson, the seventh president.

And who is his replacement? Her:

Harriet Tubman
Image: Freeman Institute

In case the face is unfamiliar, that’s Harriet Tubman (aka, “the Moses of her people” and the conductor of the Underground Railroad).

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is set to make the announcement today, according to an administration official.

While there is some dispute over the number of trips Tubman made back into Maryland after managing to escape, her accomplishments are nevertheless noteworthy, making her a solid choice as the first woman and black person to make it to U.S. currency prime time.

Harriet Tubman $10 bill

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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