A female face will soon grace the $20 bill, keeping U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton on the $10 note, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced in a letter Wednesday.
The historical woman chosen to go on the bill: Harriet Tubman, the African-American abolitionist most famous for her role in helping slaves escape through the “Underground Railroad.”
Tubman, a former slave, will be replacing Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president and a former slave owner.
Jackson’s image will remain on the $20 bill on the reverse side, which will also showcase the White House.
Of the decision to put Tubman on the bank note, Lew said it was “driven by thousands of responses we received from Americans young and old.”
“You shared your thoughts about her life and her works and how they changed our nation and represented our most cherished values,” Lew wrote in his letter to the American people, posted to the blogging site Medium. “Her incredible story of courage and commitment to equality embodies the ideals of democracy that our nation celebrates and we will continue to value her legacy by honoring her on our currency.”
The Treasury secretary mentioned that other “hundreds” of historical females were floated for the redesign efforts. And even presidential contenders weighed in on candidates for the new bill.
During September’s second Republican primary debate, those running for the GOP nomination were asked what woman they would nominate for a spot on U.S. currency. Some, like Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, named common candidates: Susan B. Anthony and Rosa Parks. Others, like neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Donald Trump, named more unconventional contenders: Carson named his mother, while Trump suggested “my daughter Ivanka.” Trump later backtracked and gave a nod to Rosa Parks instead.
Carson, who is now a Trump campaign surrogate, criticized the decision to put Tubman on the $20 bill on Wednesday.