This Harriet Tubman monument is made of painted milled foam with found objects, blown glass, and mixed media appliqués. Tubman holds in her hands a beaded rifle adorned with flowers and a beaded staff, called a vévé. The statue evokes a feeling of power, inspiring with its swirling skirts and sheer height. But also portraying a sense of caring and good nature with flowers on her rifle and shiny buttons on her dress.
Viewing this newest sculpture will be a perfect way to continue celebrating the Harriet Tubman Bicentennial and to start off International Underground Railroad Month.
Provocative and piercing, the sculpture was originally a part of Joyce J. Scott’s 2018 exhibition entitled Harriet Tubman and Other Truths at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. The Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis is honored to be the new temporary home of the sculpture. See “Araminta with Rifle and Vévé” through September 30, 2023.
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