Being a neighborhood full of history, art, and culture, Harlem has many memorials dedicated to influential Black leaders, United States presidents, and others. The 125th Street BID encourages residents and visitors alike to visit the many statues in Harlem and learn about the history of the neighborhood. What you learn might surprise you!
Now known as Harriet Tubman Triangle, the Harriet Tubman statue was commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program. It is a 13-foot (4.0 m) bronze and Chinese granite portrait sculpture and was created by sculptor Alison Saar. It was unveiled on November 13, 2008.
"The statue depicts Tubman striding forward despite roots pulling on the back of her skirt; these represent the roots of slavery. Her skirt is decorated with images representing the former slaves who Tubman assisted to escape. The base of the statue features illustrations representing moments from Tubman's life, alternated with traditional quilting symbols."
"Fearless abolitionist and conductor of the Underground Railroad who led scores of slaves to freedom in some 13 expeditions, fought for the Union Army during the Civil War, and dedicated herself to Women’s Suffrage later in life, was known as “Moses” in her own time, and is revered in our time as an extraordinary trailblazer. "
"Harlem Hybrid" by Richart Harts, one of the foremost African American sculptors in the United States, was dedicated in 1976. It is a site-specific assemblage made of polished and welded industrial Bronze. It is located in Roosevelt Triangle.
Harlem is an art and cultural destination. Find time to get outside and see the stunning pieces of public art throughout the neighborhood.