Harriet Tubman- The Journey to Freedom by Wesley Wofford

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Wesley Wofford

Harriet Tubman- The Journey to Freedom

2019

48.26 × 53.34 × 25.4 cm | 19 × 21 × 10 in

Bronze

  • Honorable Mention / Sculpture

“Harriet Tubman- The Journey to Freedom” was a private commission and is located in Texas. Artist, Wesley Wofford, portrays Harriet leaning into the wind with her shoulder, eyes cut formidably up, bracing herself against the elements. The wind illustrates the peril of her journey to freedom and serves as a metaphor for the intense opposition she faced. Harriet's dress is protectively enveloping the girl. Her skirt, billowing like a flag, signifies the legal protections afforded to every United States citizen and a symbol of the future equality to come. Each hand on the sculpture expresses an attribute: Determination, Protection, Fear, and Trust. With a look of trepidation, the child is leaning out to get a better sense of what lies ahead. She holds Harriet’s finger affectionately, her cautious hope echoed in her delicate grip. The child is off-balance and tentatively taking a step forward, her foot precariously close to the edge of the cliff. The shackles are broken; they have left the bonds of slavery behind them.