A statue honoring Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman has arrived in Auburn and will be on display through the end of August.
The Citizen reports “Harriet Tubman —The Journey to Freedom“ will be displayed at the Harriet Tubman home on South St., where Tubman lived for over 50 years after gaining her freedom. The exhibit is part of Auburn’s celebration of the 200th anniversary of Tubman’s birth. The city allocated American Rescue Act funds to its Historic and Cultural Sites Commission to put together the celebration.
The display is the work of award-winning artist Wesley Wofford. From Wofford’s website:
“Wofford Sculpture Studio, LLC is proud to offer a unique exhibition opportunity. Due to the overwhelming response on social media, Harriet Tubman will now be available to the public! This traveling monument, resembling Harriet’s travels to free hundreds of enslaved people is currently booking into 2023.”
Dedication ceremony will be held later this month
The statue was installed Friday, but the official dedication ceremony will take place on July 23.
The exhibit was first displayed in Philadelphia, where Tubman first lived as a free woman after escaping from slavery in Maryland. Find the complete schedule of Harriet Tubman Bicentennial events here.