The Harriet Tubman Memorial in NYC

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    Known as Swing Low is the memorial to honor Harriet Tubman – an abolitionist and a key figure in the Underground Railroad Movement.
    The 13-foot-high bronze figure, was sculptured by Alison Saar, depicts Tubman moving forwards while roots are pulling her backward. On her skirt, there are faces and items of the enslaved people she helped to escape. Moments from Tubman’s life and traditional quilting symbols are embedded at the base of the sculpture. Native New York plants, as well as Maryland’s, are planted around the monument, representing the landscape of the Underground Railroad byways.
    The memorial was unveiled on November 13th, 2008, and is located on the traffic island, which was also named after her – “Harriet Tubman Triangle.”

    It's My Park: Harriet Tubman Memorial

    Meet Alison Saar, the artist who created "Swing Low: A Memorial to Harriet Tubman" at West 122nd Street, St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

    Produced by Adrian Sas
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    Address: St. Nicholas Avenue and, Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10027, USA
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