Manhattan Monday: Harriet Tubman

During our most recent trip to Manhattan, we took the subway to Harlem (at east 125th Street) and wandered west, eventually heading down Saint Nicholas Avenue, where we came across a recent (2010?) statue at the corner of 122nd Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd (which would be 7th Avenue if you weren’t in Harlem.)

Harlem NYC

Harlem NYC

Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross; c. 1822 – March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and during the American Civil War, a Union spy. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women’s suffrage. (Wikipedia)

The back of the statue.

The back of the statue.

Detail, Harriet Tubman Memorial, Harlem NYC

Detail, Harriet Tubman Memorial, Harlem NYC

Note the airplne buzzing by Harriet's right eye!

Note the airplne buzzing by Harriet’s right eye!

You can read more about the statue in the context of New Your City here. http://manhattanunlocked.blogspot.ca/2010/11/harriet-tubman-statue-not-your-typical.html

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6 comments on “Manhattan Monday: Harriet Tubman

  1. Impressive statue of this brave woman! Nice photo’s!

  2. A wonderful statue and memorial – the artist has done a superb job.

  3. BuntyMcC says:

    It is. I love the bits incorporated into her skirt.

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