March 5, 2009 - Issue 314

Women’s History Month: Lantern of Liberty - Harriet Tubman - Wall Mural Photograph By Peter Gamble

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Lantern of Liberty - Harriet Tubman
Wall Mural Photograph
By Peter Gamble

This 70 foot high mural can no longer been seen on the west side of a building in the 9-hundred block of Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.

It was created by the Philadelphia Mural Project in six weeks at a cost of $45-thousand dollars in order to be finished in time for the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in July of 2000. The inscription on the mural contains the names of Philadelphians who played important roles in the underground railroad.

The building it was painted on was torn down in June of 2002 to make way for an expansion of the parking lot. A spokesman for the city of Philadelphia said the decision was made due to the economic benefits of the additional parking.

No wall mural is a permanent piece of art. The average life of a wall mural is 20 to 25 years. Harriet Tubman's Lantern of Liberty lasted 23 months.

Photograph by Peter Gamble

Note: A plublisher of children's books found the Tubman wall mural photograph while doing a search on the Internet. The photograph is now on the cover of Read About Harriet Tubman (I Like Biographies!) by Stephen Feinstein from Enslow Elementary, an imprint of Enslow Publishers, Inc.

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March 10th is officially Harriet Ross Tubman Day of Remembrance.

Click here for more information about Harriet Tubman - African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the U.S. Civil War.