FROM THE ARTIST’S STUDIO
February is black history month, and as I always do, I am immersing myself into everything about my subject. With the Harriet Tubman movie, we have been hearing a lot about her as well. I also am a hiker, and they have been having some Harriet Tubman hikes in the Texas State Parks. So, I could not help but wonder. Did Harriet Tubman and Booker T. Washington know each other?
Harriet was born in 1822 and died in 1913. She was 90-91. Booker T. Washington was born 34 years after Tubman, in 1856 and died in 1915. A lot of things happened in 34 years. As reference, the emancipation proclamation happened in 1863.
I’m sure Harriett had influenced Booker T. Washington. After all, she was recognize around the world for her accomplishment. Even the queen of England awarded her a medal and gave her a shawl. My curiosity got the best of me, and I had to stop sculpting and do some research. How interesting it was to find that Booker T. Washington delivered the oration at the Tubman memorial service.
Author Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon