Harriet Tubman sculpture goes on display at Ulster County Office from November 1 – Daily Freeman
KINGSTON, NY – “Harriet Tubman: Journey to Freedom,” a 2,400-pound bronze sculpture, will be on display at the Ulster County Office Building from November 1 through January 2, 2022.
The sculpture, created by internationally renowned artist Wesley Wofford. will be set up outdoors on Fair and Main streets from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1.
“There is a lot of symbolism embedded in the narrative of the play,” Wofford said in a prepared statement. “Base outline depicts the Maryland/Delaware peninsula, where Harriet was enslaved, eventually escaped, and continued to return for her freedom raids. The dramatic advance/cut is the border of the State of Pennsylvania, and they come out of the slave states to elevated freedom.
“The dress envelops the girl, billowing protectively like a flag, and is meant to represent all of the legal protections given to every American citizen – a symbol of future equality to come,” Wofford said.
Alongside the sculpture, there will be a number of events across the city and county of Ulster in partnership with cultural organizations in the region celebrating Tubman’s legacy. Participating organizations include Kingston Library, Harambee, MyKingstonKids, City of Kingston Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Kingston Midtown Arts District, DRAW, Center for Creative Education, Center for the Arts of Ulster Stage, Old Dutch Church, Maåt Ministry and more to come.
The slate of virtual and in-person programs will focus on themes of activism, role models, heroes, human rights reparations, freedom, resilience, determination, contributions of strong women and equality, according to a press release.
The statue is an artist’s copy of an original Dallas private commission, according to the release.
Wofford has worked in Hollywood creating realistic characters and animals in more than 75 TV shows and movies, including “Hannibal” and “Batman and Robin,” the statement said. He then moved to Cashiers, NC to establish his studio
Wofford is a member of the National Sculpture Society and the Portrait Sculpture Society.
“We are so honored to have this monument to this singular woman and leader of the Underground Railroad here,” said Ulster County Tourism Director Lisa Berger.
For more information, call (800) 342-5826.