Long-time South End community leader Frieda Garcia will tell you all about the history of the magnificent abolitionist sculptures by Fern Cunningham and Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller in the recently renovated Harriet Tubman Park on Columbus Avenue and Pembroke Street. The lecture by Garcia, who herself has a local park named after her, was provisionally scheduled to be at the South End library but, counting on the often glorious September weather in Boston, has been moved to the Harriet Tubman Park itself, a block away from the branch.
Boston artist Cunningham's 1999 Step on Board relief sculpture pays homage to the Civil-War era abolitionist Harriet Tubman, the 'conductor' of the Underground Railroad who helped slaves escape to freedom. The accompanying statue by Warrick Fuller, Emancipation, was sculpted in 1913 as part of a New York exposition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln in 1963, abolishing slavery. Warrick Fuller was a protege of Auguste Rodin, and died in 1968 in Framingham, MA, at the age of 90.
The Wednesday, September 10 discussion begins at 6:30 PM and is free to all.