Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller created Emancipation as a plaster version in 1913 for Commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation. More than eighty years later (1999), it was cast in bronze for Harriet Tubman Square in Boston’s South End.
With attentive study of Fuller’s Emancipation, Fern Cunningham created Step on Board for Harriet Tubman Square in 1999.
In recent years I had walked among these two monumental bronze sculptures without appreciating how and when they had come together. Now I can eagerly offer the links below for their significant stories that should be savored by you, instead of summarized by me.
KEY RESOURCES about both monuments in Harriet Tubman Square
The Emancipation Trail: dramatic photos and compelling stories about Emancipation and Step on Board (Most comprehensive and essential!!)
” Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (1877-1968) is known for her groundbreaking depictions of the African and African-American experience. Throughout the 1910s and 1920s, she created intimate portraits of friends and family and self-portraits that elevated the African-American visage to an artistic subject equally worthy of depiction.” ( quote from Meta Fuller Collection)
“This woman never sat down, she never did! Unless she had fallen asleep from her narcolepsy. “So,” I said “she’s got to be standing and she’s got to be in motion and she has to have the people with her because that’s what she was all about: The people, and moving them from one place to another.” (quote from Fern Cunningham about representing Harriet Tubman)