Harriet Tubman Monument Unveiled In New Jersey, Replaces Christopher Columbus Statue

The 25-foot piece of art comes after major condemnation toward the Columbus statue.

A monument to Harriet Tubman has replaced the Christopher Columbus statue in the city of Newark, New Jersey, following public condemnation.

According to CNN, the 25-foot statue entitled “Shadow of a Face” was unveiled on Thursday (March 9), in place of the Christopher Columbus statue.

As a result of protests against social injustice during the murder of George Floyd, Columbus' statue was removed from the city in 2020.

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The area where Tubman’s monument stands was recently renamed Harriet Tubman Square, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka said in a statement.

“In a time when so many cities are choosing to topple statutes that limit the scope of their people’s story, we have chosen to erect a monument that spurs us into our future story of exemplary strength and solidity,” he said.

The monument was inspired by poet Robert Hayden’s 1962 poem “Runaway Runagate,” which references Tubman.

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Baraka says the monument was selected in June 2021 after a national open call and multiphase process.

Nina Cooke John, the monument designer and architect, says she wanted to bring community and freedom into the design.

"One way I wanted to bring about their connection is really to meet the community with the prompt, 'What is your story of liberation? What is your story -- big or small -- of really overcoming multiple obstacles that we all have to overcome,” she said in an interview.

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