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Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial
Harriet Tubman Triangle
Born into slavery in Maryland around 1822, Tubman escaped in 1849 via the Underground Railroad, the network of places and people dedicated to helping slaves find their way to freedom in non-slaveholding communities. Settling first in Philadelphia, then Canada, Tubman spent ten years returning to Maryland at great personal risk, to guide scores of friends and family members to freedom. Determined to end slavery, she later served the Union Army as a scout, spy and nurse in the Civil War. Settling in Auburn, New York after the war, she continued campaigning for equal rights for women and African-Americans. Her humanitarian work, including caring for the sick, homeless and disabled of all races, resulted in the establishment of the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged in that community. She died in 1913 and was buried in Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn with semi-military honors.
The memorial, commissioned through the Department
The $2.8 million, multi-agency project, which included the landscaping of a formerly barren traffic triangle, was sponsored by former Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields. Designed by Quennell Rothschild and constructed by URS, the renovated triangle features paving blocks and roughly hewn granite to create a natural setting. Plantings native to both New York and Tubman's home state of Maryland represent the woods and terrain traveled by Tubman and her Underground Railroad passengers, providing a contemplative space in which to consider Tubman's legacy.
Erected 2013 by City of New York Parks & Recreation.
Location. 40° 48.489′ N, 73° 57.17′ W. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10027, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (approx. ¼ mile away); A. Philip Randolph Square (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oscar J. Hijuelos (approx. 0.3 miles away); Carl Schurz Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); New York City Defenses During the War of 1812 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Houdini (approx. 0.4 miles away); Low Memorial Library (approx. half a mile away); Scott Joplin (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. The Life of Harriet Tubman (NYhistory.org). Harriet Tubman's life was a monument to courage and determination that continues to stand out in American history. Born into slavery in Maryland, Harriet Tubman freed herself, and played a major role in freeing the remaining millions. After the Civil War, she joined her family in Auburn, NY, where she founded the Harriet Tubman Home. (Submitted on July 10, 2017.)
2. It's My Park: Harriet Tubman Memorial (YouTube, NYC Parks, 4 min.). Meet Alison Saar, the artist who created "Swing Low: A Memorial to Harriet Tubman" (Submitted on July 10, 2017.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights • Women •
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