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Harriet Tubman Becomes First African-American Woman to be Face of a US Currency

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 17: A recently-found photograph of escaped slave, abolitionist and Union spy Harriet Tubman that was acquired by the Smithsonian is displayed before a hearing of the House Administration Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill June 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. Auburn, New York, photographer H. Seymour Squyer made the photograph around 1885. Born into slavery, Tubman used a network of antislavery activists and safe houses known at the Underground Railroad to help lead about 13 missions to rescue about 70 enslaved family and friends. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 17: A recently-found photograph of escaped slave, abolitionist and Union spy Harriet Tubman that was acquired by the Smithsonian is displayed before a hearing of the House Administration Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill June 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. Auburn, New York, photographer H. Seymour Squyer made the photograph around 1885. Born into slavery, Tubman used a network of antislavery activists and safe houses known at the Underground Railroad to help lead about 13 missions to rescue about 70 enslaved family and friends. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

United States anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman will become the first African-American to be featured on the face of U.S. paper currency when she replaces 7th President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

This was announced by the U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday-  she will also be the first woman on U.S. paper currency in more than a century!

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Harriet Tubman was born a slave and helped hundreds of slaves escape using the network of safe-houses known as the Underground Railroad.

The women last depicted on U.S. bills were first lady Martha Washington on the $1 silver certificate from 1891 to 1896, and Native American Pocahontas in a group photo on the $20 bill from 1865 to 1869.

Harriet Tubman became the top-trending hashtag on Twitter shortly after the news broke out, with more than 100,000 tweets and mentions online. Presidential aspirants Hilary Clinton & Bernie Sanders also tweeted their congratulations:

12 Comments

  1. SS

    April 21, 2016 at 12:49 am

    can’t help but think what those slaves went through,I always feel sad deep down,how inhumane can those white guys be?it’s all history now,this is a great feat in the history of African American

    • Green

      April 21, 2016 at 10:13 am

      How inhumane can man be?

  2. emma

    April 21, 2016 at 1:00 am

    I can’t stop grinning man, but I know all the racists out there are pissed af.

    • Md

      April 21, 2016 at 7:17 am

      Nothing pleases me more than seeing their racist faces pissed as fuck. .it gives me joy

  3. le coco

    April 21, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Oh my… AMAZING.. there is no one more deserving

  4. Ariere

    April 21, 2016 at 7:34 am

    A Victory for all American Women. Her legacy deserves this homour for her unflinching sacrifice, strength and courage.

  5. Utip

    April 21, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I know some recists won’t accept. Use or spend the bill Cus a Black woman’s image is on it. Well that’s just stupid!

  6. andtherewasone

    April 21, 2016 at 7:50 am

    If a broke n hungry racist is given a $20 bill, will he/she take the money? Hmmmm

  7. Green

    April 21, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Yay! So deserving.

  8. jennietobbie

    April 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    “Please, I’d like my bills in Tubman.” Lol. Life lesson: be good, kind and compassionate. Nothing in this life is impossible.

  9. mshygy

    April 21, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    TUBMAN!!!!!! WOOOPPPP!!!!!

  10. Tunmi

    April 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    But Andrew Jackson will be on the back…….

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