Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” visited Washington this week, generating viral buzz as he performed a freestyle rap with President Obama and garnering publicity for Puerto Rico debt relief when he appeared at a Capital Hill press conference with lawmakers.
It turns out he also met with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and inquired about keeping Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill.
On Wednesday, Miranda tweeted in response to a question about the bill,
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 16, 2016
In June, Lew announced plans to place a woman from history on the $10 bill, and asked for suggestions on which figure should get the placement. But that has triggered an outcry of replacing Hamilton, just as the musical was becoming a smash hit.
The Treasury Department is not only assuring “Hamilton” fans, but it has set up an entire Medium photo spread devoted to Miranda’s visit, in which they viewed some of Hamilton’s portraits and possessions.
Updated: A Treasury department spokesman issued this statement:
“On Monday, Secretary Lew welcomed Lin-Manuel Miranda to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Secretary and Miranda talked about the enduring mark Alexander Hamilton left on our nation’s history and the Secretary provided a brief tour of Hamilton’s possessions and portraits on display at the Treasury Department. The Secretary thanked Miranda for the ingenious way in which he has been able to tell Hamilton’s story and ignite a renewed interest in one of our nation’s founding fathers. Secretary Lew also reiterated his commitment to continue to honor Alexander Hamilton on the 10 dollar bill.”
In announcing the revamp of the $10 bill in June, Lew said that they were “exploring a range of options to make sure that he continues to be honored on the 10.” He also assured the cast when he saw the musical in August.