Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist who made a lasting impact on Alabama and the United States, will be honored on August 24, 2023, at Alabama State University (ASU) with a new statue. Read on to find out more about this special monument and why it’s important.
This new statue honors Tubman beautifully
The life of Harriet Tubman is certainly one worth honoring, and ASU students will be inspired by this statue for years to come.
“To have a visual representation of her life and legacy is important because we have an opportunity to teach students how we have persevered as a people because of such great ancestors as Ms. Tubman.”Janice Franklin, project director, National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture
As the most famous “conductor” of the Underground Railroad, Tubman escorted more than 70 slaves to freedom over 13 trips after escaping from slavery herself in 1849.
“The idea of this woman, who was very small in stature, to risk her life to help liberate others who suffered the same circumstances that she endured … I just think that type of sacrifice and love for her people just speaks to me. “Janice Franklin, project director, National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture
The new statue honors Harriet Tubman’s life through beautiful sculpting by Atlanta-based sculptor Fred Ajanogha. Ajanogha has created a 3-dimensional sculpture made from fiberglass resin and bronze paint.
The sculpture will be unveiled at this year’s Colvin-Feagin Annual Art and Jazz Show.
The Harriet Tubman statue unveiling ceremony
Each year, Alabama State University hosts the Colvin-Feagin Annual Art and Jazz Show sponsored by the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture—and this year’s show is even more special with the statue unveiling ceremony.
If you’re interested in attending this ceremony, here are the details:
- Date: Thursday, August 24, 5:30-7:30PM
- Location: Montgomery Interpretive Center of Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail (in front of the ASU Stadium)
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