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Steinhauser: Shaheen praises major changes to $20 bill

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CONCORD – Sen. Jeanne Shaheen called it “an historic announcement.”

New Hampshire’s senior U.S. senator was talking about Wednesday’s sweeping news by the Treasury Department that the face of Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the center of the twenty dollar bill.

Tubman was a former slave turned abolitionist leader who helped thousands of slaves to freedom through the use of the underground railroad. She will replace Jackson, a former president who was a slaveholder himself.

I’m thrilled that the many voices across the country calling for a woman to be prominently featured on our currency, were heard,” Shaheen said in a statement.

“Harriet Tubman’s fight for equality and freedom embodies the American spirit and she deserves to be featured beside our founding fathers. Having a woman prominently on the face of the twenty will finally send a powerful message on our currency about the important role women have played in our nation’s history. Women have waited long enough, and I will urge the Treasury Department to look at every possible option to expedite the release date of this new bill.”

Last year Shaheen introduced the Women on the Twenty Act, which kicked off the process for putting a woman on the twenty dollar bill. After a nationwide on-line poll selected Tubman, Shaheen introduced a bill to put a portrait of her on the twenty dollar bill.

The Treasury Department also announced that the face of Alexander Hamilton will remain on the front of the ten dollar bill and Abraham Lincoln will continue to grace the front of the five dollar bill, but that images of women would be added to the back of both of those bills.

Tubman will become the first female with her picture on paper currency since Martha Washington’s briefly graced the one dollar silver certificate in the late nineteenth century.

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