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Harriet Tubman: Journey to Freedom: Home
Learn more about Harriet Tubman and events happening in Newburgh surrounding the grant.
Harriet Tubman is an African American abolitionist remembered for her contributions to the Underground Railroad. This guide provides access to materials related to “Harriet Tubman” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
In the bestselling tradition of The Notorious RBG comes a lively, informative, and illustrated tribute to one of the most exceptional women in American history--Harriet Tubman--a heroine whose fearlessness and activism still resonates today. Harriet Tubman is best known as one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad. As a leading abolitionist, her bravery and selflessness has inspired generations in the continuing struggle for civil rights. Now, National Book Award nominee Erica Armstrong Dunbar presents a fresh take on this American icon blending traditional biography, illustrations, photos, and engaging sidebars that illuminate the life of Tubman as never before.
Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, the movie tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
Wesley Wofford is honored to unveil his most significant monument to date. This 9 foot Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad sculpture personifies a role model and hero, and we are proud to commemorate the resilience and contributions of strong women throughout history.
Harriet is confidently leading a slave girl on The Underground Railroad to freedom. She is leaning into the wind with her shoulder, chin down, and bracing herself against the elements. Her eyes are cut formidably up, anticipating the next part of the journey. The wind illustrates the peril of the journey but is also a metaphor for the intense opposition she faced.
Harriet's dress is protectively enveloping the girl, billowing like a flag. This represents all of the legal protections afforded to every United States citizen- a symbol of the future equality to come.
The contours of the base are the Maryland/Delaware Peninsula where Harriet was enslaved, eventually escaped, and continued to return for her freedom raids. The dramatic step up/cut is the Pennsylvania state line and the two are stepping out of the slave states to an elevated freedom.
Each hand on the sculpture signifies an attribute: Determination, Protection, Fear, and Trust. The slave girl is leaning out to get a better look at where Harriet is taking her with a look of trepidation on her face. The girl is gripping Harriet's right arm tightly but her delicate finger grasp is cautiously hopeful.
The girl is off balance and tentatively taking a step forward- her left foot precariously hanging off a cliff, illustrating the danger and peril of the journey. The shackles are broken and the atrocities of slavery are left forever behind.
Rescheduled for 10/28. Join us for a virtual Zoom presentation and discussion from William Walker.
African-American sacred folk songs unified and codified the enslaved community and abolitionists. To celebrate Harriet Tubman, we will investigate at least two types of the spirtuals,
Click here to see a flyer for this event. Join us for the first installment of our book club, where we will discuss different excerpts of 'Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman' by Sarah Hopkins Bradford, pages Into-35. Access to the book can be found here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/57821/57821-h/57821-h.htm
Please meet up at Gritworks at 115 Broadway in the City of Newburgh.
hn F. Brown was born a slave in Maryland, who escaped slavery to work as a servant and gardener for the Verplanck family in Fishkill NY. Through hardwork and talent John F. Brown would go on onto become a master gardener and horitculturist that consulted with the renowned landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing in Newburgh. Myra Armstead will use John F. Brown's diaries to explore his journey from slavery to freedom and the fascinating life he lead.
Register here: https://bit.ly/34xUVrp