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Photo Credit: Women On 20s

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman was born a slave, escaped and became a conductor on the Underground Railroad helping slaves to freedom – and she might be the next face on the U.S. $20 bill.

Tubman would be replacing former President Andrew Jackson, a slave owner who is known for passing the infamous Indian Removal Act of 1830.

In a poll from Women on 20s that drew more than 600,000 votes, voters chose a winner among 15 ladies to replace Jackson on the $20 bill.

Tubman beat out former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt with 118,328 votes to Roosevelt’s 111,227

The abolitionist would be the first woman to earn a place on U.S. paper currency. The petition will be sent to President Obama, who has said before that he thinks putting a woman on an American dollar bill is a “pretty good idea.”

In addition, Senator Jeanne Shaheen has introduced legislation to try to make this change a reality without having to go through the executive office. Paper currency is redesigned every seven to 10 years to prevent counterfeits. 

 

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