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Philadelphia honors Harriet Tubman with sculpture

Alicia Colombo

“Harriet Tubman – “The Journey to Freedom,” a 9-foot traveling monument has been unveiled on the North apron of City Hall. The statue, which will remain in Philadelphia through March 31, represents Harriet Tubman’s courageous journey to free enslaved people and beautifully illustrates her determination in the face of intense opposition.

“Harriet Tubman’s legacy as an abolitionist, political activist, liberator, nurse, hero and human rights advocate has made her an icon of courage and determination,” said Tumar Alexander, city managing director. “I hope the presence of this monument reminds Philadelphians of the importance of taking action to improve our communities and fosters a pride of place.”

Philadelphia holds a specific relevance to Harriet’s story, as she found safe harbor here after her escape from Maryland and staged many of her returning travels to free others from the bondage of slavery.

To coincide with the installation of the sculpture in Philadelphia, more than 30 virtual and in-person programs have been scheduled in partnership with local cultural organizations that will celebrate the legacy of Harriet Tubman and further spread her advocacy for equality.

For more information about the celebration of Harriet Tubman, including the schedule of programs, visit or call 215-686-8446.

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