Reactions Pour In To Harriet Tubman Being New Face Of $20 Bill

Thursday, April 21st 2016, 9:31 am
By: News 9

You'll soon be getting a change for a $20. For the first time in more than 100 years, a woman will appear on paper money.

We should see the first new bills by the year 2020. News that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 dollar is getting plenty of praise.

Tubman escaped slavery in 1849 and led hundreds of others to freedom through the Underground Railroad. Her relatives couldn't be prouder.

"I said hallelujah. It's just a wonderful thing I tell you. Makes me so very happy,"  said Pauline Johnson, Tubman's Great-Great Grandniece.

The change is also getting attention on the campaign trail. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tweeted their excitement.

So far, none of the GOP candidates have mentioned the change. 

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker has also praised the move saying:

"Jackson's legacy was never one to be celebrated, and his image on our currency is a constant reminder of his crimes against Natives," Baker said.

It was Jackson who forced nearly 16,000 Cherokees from their homeland and moved them to Indian Territory. Baker also gave credit to Oklahoma Senator James Lankford who pushed to add a woman on the $20 bill.