5 finalists picked to create Harriet Tubman monument in Newark
Newark has selected five finalists to create a monument honoring Harriet Tubman at what is now Washington Park.
The city also intends to rename the park to Tubman Square in 2022 to recognize the abolitionist’s efforts in using Newark as an important stop on the Underground Railroad.
The new monument will replace one of Christopher Columbus that was taken down in June.
The five finalists selected to create the monument are all acclaimed artists: Abigail DeVille, Dread Scott, Jules Arthur, Nina Cooke John and Vinnie Bagwell.
They were recommended by a diverse 14-member jury of art experts, historians and community stakeholders led by the City of Newark’s Arts and Cultural Affairs.
The winning artist will be paired with a Newark-based artist to work with as an assistant to help with community engagement on the project.
The new monument honoring Harriet Tubman will be officially installed next year.