Event Detail

Boston African American National Historic Site

Dates and Times:
06/22/2014 : 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Harriet Tubman Square, South End, Boston, Boston African American National Historic Site
Join us for a special commemoration of the Emancipation Statue.

America was a different place in 1913 when Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller created her statue Emancipation honoring the 50th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. When the statue was finally cast in bronze 86 years later in 1999 and placed in the Harriet Tubman Park, America was once again on the road towards "liberty and justice for all" – the promise of the Civil War that, sadly, was not fully embraced when the battles of that war ended.

In honor of Harriet Tubman Park's 15th Anniversary, quotes by Fuller describing her statue and her thoughts about the Emaciation Proclamation itself have been engraved on Emancipation's base:

·"Humanity weeping over her suddenly freed children, who, beneath the gnarled fingers of Fate, step forth into the world, unafraid."

·"The Negro has been emancipated from slavery but not from the curse of race hatred and prejudice . . . It was not Lincoln alone who wrote the Emancipation but the humane side of the nation."

Besides unveiling Fuller's moving words, the Friends of the Harriet Tubman Park are pleased to introduce the Emancipation Trail™ – Boston's newest historic trail which uses public art to represent how the African American experience exemplifies America's quest for freedom, equality, and justice.

DATE: Sunday, June 22, 2014 (Rain or Shine)

TIME: 12:30 PM

PLACE:Harriet Tubman Square, South End; West Newton Street and Columbus Avenue. In case of rain, we will meet across the street at the Union United Methodist Church, 485 Columbus Avenue.