By Lily Workneh -Huff Post Black Voices
Harriet Tubman made black history again on Wednesday when it was reported that she will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill.
The news marks a hugely historic moment after advocates rallied for months to have Tubman be recognized on such a monumental level. It’s a significant move that represents one of the most symbolic honors ever awarded to a legendary black icon.
Tubman is the first African American to grace American currency, a major moment especially considering that Tubman, who was born a slave, will occupy the spot once reserved for Jackson — whom history remembers a racist, genocidal slaveholder.
However, that’s not the only reason why Tubman’s new recognition on one of the nation’s most used bills is so remarkable. The $20 amount also holds special significance to Tubman’s story, according to a history lesson The Atlantic’s Yoni Appelbaum shared on Twitter Wednesday:
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