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.
by Peter Gamble
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.
You can purchase the book on
Amazon.com by clicking on the name of the book above.
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