Treasury Dept. May Remove Jackson From $20 Bill

Posted at 8:06 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 21:23:35-04

The $20 bill may be getting a makeover after government officials told CNN the Department of Treasury would announce changes to the bill this week. 

War hero, president, and Tennessean Andrew Jackson is currently on the front of the bill, but he may be replaced with a woman. 

"To totally remove Jackson would be a mistake," said Howard Kittell, President and CEO of The Hermitage, Jackson's home.  

Jackson spent much of his life in Tennessee, and lived out his days of retirement at The Hermitage, just outside of Nashville. 

"Jackson had a lot to do with making Nashville a far more well-known prominent city," Kittell explained. 

At The Hermitage, a lot of the focus is on the accomplishments of the war hero and seventh President of the United States, but they don't shy away from controversy either, like Jackson's involvement in the Trail of Tears. 

"He's a good reminder to people of our past, our complicated past," said Kittell. 

That complicated past has sparked controversy surrounding Jackson's place on the $20 bill with many believing he should be removed and replaced with a woman.

After hearing about changes to the $10 bill, staff at The Hermitage knew changes could come to the $20 bill as well, but many don't believe Jackson, who has been on the bill since 1928, should be attacked for his controversial past. 

"I think if we look at any president and only focus on the negatives, and they all have negatives, then we'd have a very different opinion of them," Kittell said, adding that Jackson's mistakes, and more importantly his successes, shaped the United States into what it is today.

There had been no official announcement made regarding the $20 bill change as of Monday night, but there is one expected by the end of the week.

At this time it is unclear who would replace Jackson on the $20 bill, but that change would not take place until 2030.

The Department of Treasury is also expected to announce more details about the new $10 bill.

Due to the growing interest in Alexander Hamilton, largely because of the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton", the Department of Treasury is expected to announce that they will leave Hamilton on the front of the $10 bill and work women into the back of the bill instead of placing a woman on the front.