The Harriet Tubman – William Seward statue dedication originated with Professor Emeritus Frank Wicks, a former Union College professor who was inspired by the social activism of Tubman and Seward.
Desirous of commemorating the historic impact of these two individuals, Harriet Tubman and William Seward, and reminding the community of their empowering stories that can be models for us today, a brass statue depicting Harriet Tubman and William Seward has been designed by founder and sculptor Dexter Benedict and will be dedicated on Friday, May 17 beginning at 11am at the Karen B. Johnson Schenectady Public Library at 99 Clinton St.
Professor Emeritus Wicks was supported in this endeavor by Professor Emeritus Twitty Styles and Professor Emeritus Carl George.
More information about the the statue, the process of bringing it to life, the dedication ceremony and more is available at https://dailygazette.com/article/2017/10/30/seward-tubman-sculpture-finds-home-at-county-library
Underground Railroad History Project collaborated in this project by providing financial management for the many generous contributions donated from community members.
Leadership, Freedom, Equality, Friendship – what Harriet Tubman and William Seward offer to us today as we all work together for a better tomorrow.
An interview from the Janice Thompson Show, Wade in the Water: Unveiling of the Harriet Tubman – William Seward Statue, can be enjoyed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8dhnSZfTWY