Harriet Tubman is replacing Andrew Jackson on $20 bills

This image provided by the Library of Congress shows Harriet Tubman, between 1860 and 1875. A Treasury official said Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman on U.S. paper currency in 100 years.

This image provided by the Library of Congress shows Harriet Tubman, between 1860 and 1875. A Treasury official said Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman on U.S. paper currency in 100 years. H.B. Lindsley/Library of Congress via AP

WASHINGTON — U.S. paper money is getting a historic makeover: Harriet Tubman will become the first African-American to adorn U.S. currency.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says Tubman, an African-American abolitionist who was born a slave, will be featured on the front of the $20 bill. She will also be the first woman depicted on U.S. currency in 100 years. She will replace President Andrew Jackson, who will move to the back of the bill.

In addition, the back of the $10 bill will be redesigned with leaders of the suffrage movement. The back of the $5 bill be redesigned to honor “events at the Lincoln Memorial that helped to shape our history and our democracy” and include civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

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