Benedict College Hosts Harriet Tubman 100 Year Celebration Featuring an Exhibition of Fiber Art
Columbia, SC -- October 9, 2013 -- Benedict College will host the 100 year celebration of the life of Harriet Ross Tubman through a quilt exhibition honoring her life and work. The event will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Benedict College, Henry Ponder Arts and Humanities Building, 1600 Harden Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC.
Mrs. Tubman was one of the country’s leading African American abolitionists, a humanitarian and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made more than nineteen missions to rescue more than 300 slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
This exhibition includes works by fiber artists, Lenora Brown, Bisa Butler, Christina Johnson, Asake Jones, Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook, Theresa D. Polley-Shellcroft, Delphine Simpson and Rosemarie Stuart. These are a few of the artists invited to create quilts addressing Tubman’s work in South Carolina, the North, and life today—100 years after her death in 1913.
In conjunction with the exhibition’s opening reception, 4:30-7:00 p.m., Tubman’s descendants Valerie Ross-Manokey and Charles Ross of Dorchester County, Maryland, will participate in a public lecture held in the Henry Ponder Fine Arts and Humanities Center from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. The lecture will be moderated by Dr. Patricia Williams Lessane, Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture in Charleston, South Carolina. The exhibition will remain on display at Henry Ponder Arts and Humanities Building, Ponder Gallery from October 17 through November 11, 2013. The exhibition also will be available to travel throughout the state of South Carolina through a partnership with the South Carolina State Museum.
The exhibition, lecture, and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Wendell Brown at 803-705-4764
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