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.
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, BC Publisher
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. BC receives
a small commission on all sales and you do not pay a
penny more for any purchase you make.