Maquette for Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial
Medium: Cast bronze
Dimensions: Overall: 22 1/4 x 24 x 13 1/2 in. (56.5 x 61 x 34.3 cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
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Object Number: 2009.34
The Harriet Tubman bronze figure was the model for the 13 foot high monument erected in Harlem at West 122nd St. and St. Nicholas Avenue in 2007. The installation was dedicated on November 13, 2008. Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross, in Dorchester County Maryland 1822-1913) was a key figure in the movement of escaping slaves from South to North and Canada, and herself escaped from Maryland in 1849. She made an estimated 13 trips back South to help approximately 70 other people to escape. During the Civil War she became a scout, spy and nurse. She worked with the South Carolina Volunteers commanded by Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Colonel James Montgomery, and helped approximately 730 slaves on a rice plantation escape during a Union raid up the Combahee River in South Carolina. She later founded a home for African American aged people in Auburn New York, which is now a site commemorating her legacy, run for the AME Zion Church to which she belonged.
This cast is number 3 of an edition of 9.