The news came in on Wednesday, announced by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, that Harriet Tubman will be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. She will be the first African-American and the first woman to appear on a bill. It is also slightly ironic that Jackson, the former president, and a slave owner, is being replaced by a woman who was born into slavery.
The Daily Mail reported, "When it was announced last year that the treasury would be printing a woman on U.S. currency for the first time in history, a women's group called Women on 20s organized a survey to select an appropriate figure. Over the course of 10 weeks, the group collected 600,000 votes and Tubman came out on top. The last woman featured on U.S. paper money was Martha Washington"
Tubman is an abolitionist icon who was born into slavery and then escaped and became a liberator of other slaves. Tubman used the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and havens, to help those enslaved to escape to free states.
The news was very much welcomed by most people, even though the change isn't due to take place until 2030. Jackson will still appear on the bill, but his image will be on the back with Tubman on the front.
It's was news that people found worth celebrating, because not only will a woman be replacing a white male, but an African-American one who was a hero of the anti-slavery movement and also later in her life active in women's suffrage.
Hilary Clinton summed up a lot of people's thoughts when she tweeted the below.
The internet meanwhile reacted to the news in typical fashion, by celebrating it with a bunch of memes and reactions GIFs. Here's some of our favs.