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Image Of Hudson Valley's Own Eleanor Roosevelt To Grace New $5 Bill

Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Photo Credit: Wikipedia

HYDE PARK, N.Y. — Hometown legend Eleanor Roosevelt of Hyde Park will be honored on the new $5 bill as the U.S. Treasury Department makes our money more modern.

The reverse of the new $5 will highlight the historic events that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial and will include images of the former first lady as well as Marian Anderson and Martin Luther King Jr. The front of the new $5 will retain President Abraham Lincoln’s portrait.

The Treasury Department announced details on the new $5 note on Wednesday afternoon.

In the Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln called for a “new birth of freedom,” urging Americans to do their part to complete, the “unfinished work” ahead.

The Lincoln Memorial has long served as a place where people gathered to complete that unfinished work, the Treasury Department said in a statement.

In 1939 — at a time when concert halls were still segregated — world-renowned opera singer Marian Anderson of Danbury, Conn., helped advance civil rights when, with the support of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, she performed at the Lincoln Memorial in front of a crowd of 75,000 people.

And in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the same monument in front of hundreds of thousands.

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was dedicated on May 30, 1922, honoring the 16th President of the United States:

The new $10 bill will celebrate the history of the women’s suffrage movement, and feature images of Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul, alongside the Treasury building. The front of the new $10 will retain the portrait of Alexander Hamilton.

As previously reported on Daily Voice, it was also announced African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. For more on that, click here.

To learn more about the new modern money, click here to visit the Treasury Department website.

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