(RNN) – Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce Wednesday that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20, and Alexander Hamilton will remain on the $10.
Treasury Department officials told multiple news outlets Lew will also announce changes to the $5 bill to depict civil rights-era leaders. New bills may not arrive until 2030, according to reports.
A group of suffragettes will be on the back of the $10. Among the women that had reportedly been under consideration for the $10 were Tubman, Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt and Wilma Mankiller.
Tubman escaped slavery in 1849 and rescued more than 300 slaves in the span of 11 years. She was known as the “conductor” on the Underground Railroad.
She also was active during the Civil War, working for the Union Army as a nurse, cook, armed scout and spy.
In 2015, Lew said he was considering replacing Hamilton on the $10, but the hit Broadway musical and fans of the statesman saved the first treasury secretary. Attention turned to Jackson’s removal from the $20 because of his involvement in displacing Native Americans from their land.
Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, served from 1829 to 1837.
As president, on May 28, 1830, he signed the Indian Removal Act, authorizing the president to give unsettled lands west of the Mississippi in exchange for Native American lands within state borders.
The resistance to this policy led to the forcible removal of Cherokees in the fall and winter of 1838 and 1839 in what became known as the Trail of Tears. About 4,000 Cherokees died in this forced march.
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