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Harriet Tubman Takes a Trip on the Ferry

Harriet Tubman Takes a Trip on the Ferry

From the Cape May-Lewes Ferry

The “Beacon of Hope” bronze statue of Harriet Tubman, with view of the Cape May Point Lighthouse.
The “Beacon of Hope” bronze statue of Harriet Tubman, with view of the Cape May Point Lighthouse.

CAPE MAY POINT – On Thursday, November 9, at 10:30 a.m., the famed Underground Railroad will once again come alive as the iconic “Beacon of Hope” bronze statue of Harriet Tubman is transported across the Delaware Bay aboard the Cape May–Lewes Ferry (CMLF). The “Beacon of Hope” has been on exhibit at the Cape May Point Science Center (CMPSC), the first stop on its freedom tour.

“We’re honored to transport the “Beacon of Hope,” said Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations. “Our ferry route is very similar to one used by escaped enslaved people who would wait for moonless nights to row across the Delaware Bay using the Lighthouse for guidance. It’s fitting and a significant historical moment for this iconic sculpture to cross the Delaware on the Cape May Lewes Ferry.”

The “Beacon of Hope,” which is 13 feet high, will travel on a 70-foot-long flatbed trailer.

The “Beacon of Hope” at the Cape May Point Science Center.

“Honoring the Underground Railroad, William Still, and Harriet Tubman, the famed “Beacon of Hope” sculpture of Tubman was created and now will continue to follow the trail through Maryland, New Jersey, and New York,” said Bob Mullock, President of the Cape May Point Science Center. “Harriet Tubman was very active on Cape Island and William Still, the father of the Underground Railroad, once owned the historic building that today houses the Science Center. We were honored to be the sculpture’s first stop on its travel through time and appreciate the Ferry’s help in getting her to her next destination – Salisbury, Maryland.”

Chronicling the journey of one of our great American heroes, the “Beacon of Hope” has planned stops in Salisbury, Maryland; Rahway, New Jersey; the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio; City of Peekskill, New York; and John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Westport, New York.

Designed and produced by Wesley Wofford of Wofford Sculpture Studio, “The Beacon of Hope” is a monument that tells Harriet Tubman’s continuing story and amplifies her message of equality, so that all may hear it.

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