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In fact, it’s actually going to be hard fitting all the new people going on the five dollar bill…
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that Abraham Lincoln will be getting some company on the $20 bill. He’ll be joined by civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and famed black opera singer Marian Anderson.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew also announced the administration’s plans to replace Andrew Jackson with former slave Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20.
King, Anderson and Roosevelt will each be featured at their own historical moments in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
King will be depicted delivering his famous “I have a Dream” speech.
Anderson will be shown, supported by Roosevelt, singing in 1939 when she was banned from performing at Constitution Hall due to her race.
This will be the first change in the basic layout of the $5 bill since 1929, which features Lincoln on the front and the Lincoln Memorial on the reverse side,
Lew came under fire in July for suggesting he may replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 with a woman. His critics noted that Hamilton was instrumental in creating the U.S. banking system.
“There are a number of options of how we can resolve this,” he told Politico following the dustup. “We’re not taking Alexander Hamilton off our currency. I work under a life-size portrait of Alexander Hamilton. I’ve probably read more about Alexander Hamilton than a lot of people who are now jumping up and being his defenders. He’s one of my heroes. He will be fully honored.”
Lew announced Wednesday that only the back of the $10 bill will be revamped. Hamilton will remain on the front.
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