Harriet Tubman Monuments

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Title

Harriet Tubman Monuments

Description

The monuments and memorials in the section commemorate the extraordinary achievements of the abolitionist and women’s rights activist Harriet Tubman, née Araminta Ross, (c. 1822—1913). Born into slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, she escaped to freedom in 1849. During the next ten years, she made approximately thirteen trips into Maryland to rescue other enslaved family members and friends. She provided instructions for escape to about 70 more enslaved people who were able to self-emancipate. During the Civil War, she served the United States Army as a spy, scout, nurse and cook. As one of the most famous conductors of the Underground Railroad, the monuments in this section often depict Tubman leading groups of freedom seekers on their journey northwards to freedom, such as Mario Chiodo’s Unwavering Courage in the Pursuit of Freedom. In other works, such as Alison Saar’s Swing Low, Tubman is depicted alone, facing southward as she makes the perilous journey back to Maryland to free more enslaved people.

Creator

Written by Grace Yasumura

Contributor

Renée Ater

Collection Items

Unwavering Courage in the Pursuit of Freedom (Wilimington, DE)
A multi-figure sculpture of Harriet Tubman and Thomas Garrett leading two fugitive enslaved persons, a semi-nude man, and completely clothed woman, to freedom along the Underground Railroad in Wilmington, Delaware. Tubman carries a baby in her arms…

Step on Board (Boston, MA)
A high relief sculpture with Harriet Tubman and six figures: three women, two men, and a baby. All figures are clothed in nineteenth-century dress. Wearing a dress, shawl, and head wrap, Tubman strides forward, gesturing with her left hand and…

Harriet Tubman (first cast) (Mesa, AZ)
Harriet Tubman is shown with a walking stick in her right hand and grasping the hand of a young boy with her left hand.

Harriet Tubman (second cast) (Brenau University, Gainesville, GA)
Harriet Tubman is shown with a walking stick in her right hand and grasping the hand of a young boy.

Harriet Tubman (third cast) (Little Rock, AR)
Harriet Tubman is shown with a walking stick in her right hand and grasping the hand of a young boy with her left hand.

Harriet Tubman (fourth cast) (Ypsilanti, MI)
Harriet Tubman is shown with a walking stick in her right hand and grasping the hand of a young boy with her left hand.

Harriet Ross Tubman Memorial (Briston, PA)
Single figure of Harriet Tubman, wearing a coat, haversack slung over her right shoulder, and a pistol at her waist. Tubman points her right hand toward the sky, symbolic of the “North Star.” Signed by the artist: James L. Gafgen, 2005. Foundry…

Harriet Tubman (Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD)
Harriet Tubman wears a nineteenth-century inspired dress. On her left shoulder sits a saw-whet owl, at her right foot rests a rabbit. She extends her right arm into the air, perpendicular to her body. Ten seashells are sculpted into the base of the…

Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial (New York City)
Over-life size portrait sculpture of Harriet Tubman. Signed by the artist: A. Saar, 2006. Foundry stamp: DS/Decker Studios.

Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial (reduced version) (Scripps College, Claremont, CA)
Portrait sculpture of Harriet Tubman based on the full-scale Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial in New York City.
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