Susan B. Anthony Going On Reverse of $10 Bill

Susan B. Anthony Going On Reverse of $10 Bill


By Tara Grimes

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester resident Geraldine Copes-Daniels has traveled the U.S. from her Rochester home, working to keep the legacy of her great-grand aunt and abolitionist Harriet Tubman alive.

“I say no one knows how much she has done, except the family because this lady was in a war, she was a spy, she was a nurse and she was the Underground Railroad conductor,” Copes-Daniels said.

On Wednesday, she and her family were ecstatic to find out Tubman will soon become the first woman and African-American to appear on the $20 bill. She will replace President Andrew Jackson.

The family hopes the widespread reach of the bill will encourage others to learn and appreciate all Tubman did.

“I think she would be just as excited as I am because she didn’t know that people would be putting in her in that era because way back then nobody cared about them,” Copes-Daniels said. “Now they do.”

Tubman’s family isn’t the only ones excited to carry on the history of a civil rights hero. The U.S. Treasury Department also announced Susan B. Anthony will join four other suffragettes, including Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, on the back of the $10 bill. The bill will also show a depiction of the uffrage Parade on Washington D.C. in 1913, when thousands of people demanded an amendment allowing women to vote.

“It think it was very exciting to see woman of color who were nominated, to see the great conversations about that, about who are we as a country, who represents that,” National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House President and CEO Deborah L. Hughes said. “So for us to be engaged in a conversation about what these people believe, what represents the best of who we are, that’s been very delightful.”

This new concept comes nearly four decades after Anthony first appeared on the dollar coin. That was a move Hughes believes began bringing light to all Anthony did for women. Now she and Tubman’s family hope these new changes will continue moving America forward.

“Yes, we need to keep telling the story, but the story isn’t about a minute on the dollar,” Hughes said. “The story is about a 100-year movement and we’re still not quite to the place where woman have full entitlement in this country.”

The back of the $20 bill will feature images of the White House and President Andrew Jackson.

The $5 bill will also see changes too. On the back it will honor events at the Lincoln Memorial that helped shaped America’s history. Pivotal historical figures shown will include Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr.

Hughes said the U.S. Treasury Department informed her redesigns are expected to roll out after 2020.