$500K Harriet Tubman statue controversy gets national attention, prompts a petition, and elicits the sculptor’s response

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia’s controversy over awarding a direct commission for a permanent Harriet Tubman monument has aroused widespread national interest and a split among the city’s own statue advisory committee. During a June 15 public input meeting, critics denounced city arts officials for giving the $500,000 commission to Wesley Wofford, who created the traveling “Journey to Freedom” statue, without an open-call process to seek submissions from other artists. Since The Inquirer first reported on the statue conflict, the news has spread worldwide. Publications such as The Art Newspaper,…

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