Philadelphia Unveils Monument, Events Honoring Harriet Tubman
In SummaryFrom now until Tubman's 200th birthday, the statue will have a home in Philadelphia.
Harriet Tubman is being honored in the city of Philadelphia with a nine-foot monument.
The statue, called Harriet Tubman – The Journey to Freedom, was unveiled on Tuesday. Created by sculptor Wesley Wofford, the statue represents Tubman’s courageous journey to free enslaved Black Americans.
“It’s an honor to celebrate the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman here in Philadelphia. Telling these stories through public art is vital for learning and reflection, connecting with our communities, and understanding our histories,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “I am particularly proud that the City of Philadelphia is hosting the temporary installation of Harriet Tubman on the North apron of City Hall while a monument to another important Black activist, Octavius Catto, lives on the South apron.”
Wofford is excited that his sculpture will sit publicly in the City of Brotherly Love. “I am honored that the City of Philadelphia is hosting my sculpture The Journey to Freedom,” Wofford said. “Philadelphia holds a specific relevance to Harriet’s story as the city she found safe harbor in after her escape from Maryland, as well as staging many of her returning raids to free others from the bondage of slavery. To be able to help amplify Harriet Tubman’s heroism and determination in a world that desperately needs her ideals is one of the greatest honors of my life.”
Philadelphia will be the home of the monument until March 21, 2022, to commemorate Black History Month, Women’s History Month and Tubman’s 200th birthday. Additionally, Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy has announced a slate of community events in celebration.
Partners for the events include the African American Museum of Philadelphia, ArtWell, Cecil B. Moore Freedom Fighters, Bethel AME Church, Philadelphia Ballet and the Free Library of Philadelphia.