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Emancipation

Artist:

Meta Warrick Fuller

Location:

Pembroke St. and Columbus Ave.  

Location

Pembroke St. and Columbus Ave.
United States
42° 20' 36.5532" N, 71° 4' 40.7712" W

Neighborhood:

South End

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1999

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Description:

Emancipation by Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, is located in the Harriet Tubman Park. Fuller, one of the leading female artists of the Harlem Renaissance movement, created the original plaster sculpture in 1913 for a New York exposition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s order abolishing slavery.

In 2013, inscriptions were added to the base of the sculpture to commemorate the 100th anniversary. The quotations are from the artist herself, and can be found in Emancipation and the freed in American sculpture: a study in interpretation by Freeman Henry Morris Murray. 

"The negro has been emancipated from slavery but not the curse of race hatred and prejudice….It was not Lincoln alone who wrote the Emancipation but the humane side of the nation….”

"Humanity weeping over her suddenly freed children, who, beneath the gnarled fingers of Fate, step forth into the world, unafraid."

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