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Posted on: February 15, 2022

The City of White Plains & White Plains BID Welcome Harriet Tubman Sculpture to City

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Harriet Tubman was an escaped enslaved woman who became a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, leading enslaved people to freedom before the Civil War, all while carrying a bounty on her head. But she was also a nurse, a Union spy and a women’s suffrage supporter. Tubman is one of the most recognized icons in American history and her legacy has inspired countless people from every race and background. 

"The Harriet Tubman - The Journey to Freedom" sculpture will be on display at Renaissance Plaza from April 1st - June 30th.  We encourage the community to enjoy and learn about Harriet Tubman and her important mission.

The City and the WP BID will create and promote a calendar of programs and events to highlight the sculpture’s presence. This calendar will include city and BID-sponsored events, as well as a number of programs and events sponsored by community organizations, such as:

  • An outdoor showing of the Movie, Harriet, on Court Street on Saturday, May 21st
  • A tribute concert to Harriet Tubman in Renaissance Plaza on Wednesday, June 22nd featuring the Sounds of A&R aka SOAR, an evening of Soul, R& B, Gospel and Jazz
  • The annual Juneteenth Parade and Festival sponsored by the White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Committee on Saturday, June 11th

The City of White Plains will be the only location in southern New York State to host the "Harriet Tubman - The Journey to Freedom" sculpture this year.  We encourage the community to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to enjoy and learn about Harriet Tubman and her important mission. 

About the sculpture

The 9 foot high, 2,400 lb. bronze sculpture was created by artist Wesley Wofford of North Carolina. The sculpture honors and pays tribute to Harriet Tubman's commitment to and resilience in the fight for freedom.  You can learn more about the sculpture @ Woffard Sculpture Studio.

The WP BID has launched a webpage, www.wpbid.com/tubmanto keep the public updated on programs and events around the sculpture.


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