Sculpture of Harriet Tubman Coming to Philadelphia
While in Philadelphia, the sculpture will be used to mark both Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March).
Lee said the city’s office of arts, culture and creative economy has partnered with many local organizations to plan dozens of events through March, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, Harriett’s Bookstore in Fishtown, the Colored Girls Museum in Germantown, and the African American Museum Philadelphia in Center City.
The full list of events is still being finalized and will be uploaded on Tuesday when the sculpture is unveiled. Lee said this list will be updated frequently as the celebration unfolds and will certainly include concerts, performances, lectures, exhibitions and film screenings in person and online. City Hall will feature an exhibit of Tubman-inspired quilts.
Tubman was born into slavery in the early 1820s. At 27, she escaped from Maryland to Philadelphia, returning at least 13 times to help about 70 people escape slavery via the Underground Railroad, often via Philadelphia. She was a well-known figure in the city in her day, known to have spoken from the pulpit of Mother Bethel AME Church.