Harriet Tubman in Little Rock, Arkansas (302963)
Harriet Tubman in Little Rock, Arkansas Credit: Public Art Archive

The City of Little Rock unveiled a Harriet Tubman sculpture in front of City Hall Feb. 24, reports Amp News. The mayor of Little Rock, Frank Scott Jr. opened the ceremony by detailing the importance of this commemoration taking place during this month. “On this day, the twenty-fourth day of February, we all know we are in Black History Month. We all know that Black history is American history. One of the iconic, critical, everlasting figures in Black history, American history, is the woman by the name of Harriet Tubman.”

Tubman was born into slavery but escaped, and in turn, she led hundreds of family members and other slaves to freedom. Known as one of the most famous “conductors” of the Underground Railroad, Tubman went on to be an influential abolitionist and a spy for the Union during the Civil War. “She fought to get a pension because she was a spy in the Civil War, but she was not able to get her pension until her husband died,” Scott said. “She never stopped pursuing freedom.”