A park commemorating the former slave, abolitionist, and one of the leading figures of the Underground Railroad – Harriet Tubman. The Harriet Tubman Square is a stop on the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail. Bronze tiles are paving the square, depicting information about the Underground Railroad. It was dedicated on June 20th, 1999.
At the park, two sculptures symbolizing the way to freedom:
- The ‘Step on Board,’ also known as the ‘Harriet Tubman Memorial,’ is a 10-foot tall statue, made by Fern Cunningham, featuring Tubman leading a group of enslaved people.
On the back of the statue, there are quotations of Tubman and a diagram of the Underground Railroad route.
- The second sculpture, ‘Emancipation,’ was made by Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller in 1913 to memorialize the 50th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. It was cast in bronze only when it was selected to be placed at Harriet Tubman Square.