ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Susan B. Anthony will soon be appearing on $10 bills alongside other historic female leaders who have worked to give women the right to vote. And Anthony certainly hasn’t been forgotten in upstate New York where she did much of her work.
Several “I Voted” stickers were placed on her tombstone at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester following Tuesday’s primary.
Anthony, who persuaded the University of Rochester to admit women in 1900, lived and worked in Rochester while fighting for a variety of women’s rights, including the right to vote, wage equality, and the abolition of slavery.
The stickers were removed on Wednesday, but not before images of Anthony’s tombstone were shared on social media.
In June, the Treasury Department announced it would put a woman on the front of the $10 bill, moving Alexander Hamilton to the back. But the huge success of “Hamilton” the musical, which just won a Pulitzer Prize, may have let him keep center stage.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that abolitionist Harriet Tubman would soon be the new face of the $20 bill, replacing the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president.
New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray was among several who tweeted her thoughts about the decison.
On Thursday, GOP front runner Donald Trump said he opposes replacing Jackson with Tubman on the $20 bill, calling it an act of “pure political correctness.” He said Tubman is “fantastic,” but that Jackson has “been on the bill for many, many years” and “really represented somebody that really was very important to this country.”
Susan B. Anthony is one of several prominent women to be featured on other new U.S currency designs. According to the New York Times, female leaders like Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Alice Paul will join Anthony on the back of the $10 bill, with Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson to be featured on the back of the $5 bill.
Martin Luther King Jr., a prominent figure in the Civil Rights movement, will also be featured on the back of the $5, mirroring former president Abraham Lincoln. King made his historic “I Have A Dream” speech on the threshold of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Tubman, Anderson and King will be the first African-Americans to be featured on U.S. currency.
Anthony’s image was previously featured on the $1 coin, which circulated between 1979 and 1981, and was re-minted in 1999. Production of the coins has since been halted.
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