Memorial to the Underground Railroad (Battle Creek, MI)

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Title

Memorial to the Underground Railroad (Battle Creek, MI)

Subject

Subject (Topic)
Abolitionists--United States
Antislavery movements--United States
Fugitive slaves--United States
Michigan--History
Midwestern United States
Public art
Public sculpture
Underground Railroad

Subject (Name)
Hussey, Erastus, 1800-1889
Hussey, Sarah Bowen, 1808-1899
Tubman, Harriet, 1822-1913

Subject (Object Type)
Commemorative sculpture

Description

A multifigure statue that includes portraits of Erastus and Sarah Hussey, abolitionists and Underground Railroad conductors in southern Michigan as well as an image of Harriet Tubman.

Creator

Dwight, Ed, 1933-

Date

Dedicated: October 24, 1993

Contributor

W. K. Kellogg Foundation and Glenn A. Cross Estate, Battle Creek, Michigan.

Rights

W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 1 Michigan Avenue East, Battle Creek, Michigan, 49017, United States

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Visual Arts-Sculpture

Coverage

Kellogg House Park, 2-10 N Monroe Street, Battle Creek, Michigan, 49017, United States

Alternative Title

Underground Railroad Sculpture; Underground Railroad Monument

Date Created

1993

Has Part

Bronze plaque:
Memorial to the Underground Railroad. From the 1830s to the 1861, thousands of slaves in the southern United States courageously escaped northward to freedom to what became known as the Underground Railroad. Along this secret network, ‘conductors’ like Battle Creek’s Erastus and Sarah Hussey, whose likenesses are captured in this memorial, took great personal risks to ensure the safety of escaping slaves. Harriet Tubman, known as the Black Moses, was a national heroine of this epic struggle and is depicted leading another brave family away from the shackles of slavery. This memorial honors the Underground Railroad and is dedicated to the strength of the human spirit in the quest for freedom. Ed Dwight, Sculptor. Denver, Colorado. 1993. This sculpture was made possible by a gift from the Glenn A. Cross Estate and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Extent

168 x 336 in. (426.72 x 853.44 cm.)

Medium

Bronze

Bibliographic Citation

“Sharing the Legacies that Promote Social Justice.” W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Accessed March 19, 2018. https://www.wkkf.org/news-and-media/article/2008/01/sharing-the-legacies-that-promote-social-justice.

“Battle Creek Underground Railroad Sculpture.” Detroit1701.org. Accessed March 19, 2018. http://detroit1701.org/Battle%20Creek%20Underground%20RR%20Sculpture.html.

Glesner, Anthony Patrick. "Laura Haviland: Neglected Heroine of the Underground Railroad." Michigan Historical Review 21, no. 1 (Spring 1995): 19-48.

Rights Holder

Renée Ater

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Sculpture

Physical Dimensions

168 x 336 in. (426.72 x 853.44 cm.)

Citation

Dwight, Ed, 1933-, “Memorial to the Underground Railroad (Battle Creek, MI),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed October 21, 2020, http://slaverymonuments.org/items/show/9.

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