Oprah rejoices as Harriet Tubman selected to be on $20 bill

 21 Apr 2016 - 17:14

Oprah rejoices as Harriet Tubman selected to be on $20 bill

 

NEW YORK: Oprah Winfrey pumps her fist and shouts "I love it," about Harriet Tubman becoming the next face of the $20 dollar bill.

Winfrey say Tubman was her first choice, while another 19th century abolitionist, Sojourner Truth, was her second pick.

Born a slave, Tubman went on to lead the Underground Railroad, a secret network of safe houses that helped slaves escape to free states.

She'll be the first African-American to appear on an American banknote and the first woman to appear on U.S. currency in a century. Her portrait will replace former President Andrew Jackson, who'll be moved to the back of the bill.

Winfrey made the comments promoting her latest OWN network show at the Tribeca Film Festival. She stars in the series about a southern church family and is executive producer.

AP