The U.S. Treasury said it will put abolitionist leader and feminist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, responding to a public campaign to put women’s images on U.S. currency.
What makes Tubman so special?
University of Texas at San Antonio professor Catherine Clinton wrote a biography of Tubman called The Road to Freedom
The book describes how Tubman smuggled scores of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad, and was a scout, a spy and a liberator for the Union Army during the Civil War.
“We’re quite used to seeing chiseled features of dead white presidents on the money, so to put a woman of color who had such a significant role in redefining freedom and America fulfilling its promise of independence is really exciting,” Clinton told the Washington Post.
Read the Washington Post interview with Clinton here.
Vox.com has a story explaining why putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 is poetic justice.