Macon’s Tubman Museum fundraising for Harriet Tubman statue

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Tubman Museum needs $9,000 to own what the museum’s executive director calls a “centerpiece.”

Usually you can find Andy Ambrose pacing through exhibits. He’s the executive director at the Tubman.

“This bust right here is also artwork dedicated to Harriet Tubman,” he said, referring to a piece of art inside the museum.

He’s up on every fact and stays sharp when he isn’t sure.

“A lot of people don’t know for example that during the Civil War, she was a nurse,” Ambrose said.

So when the opportunity came for the museum to buy a sculpture of its namesake, Ambrose couldn’t say no.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people to really know more about our namesake and to also see such a lifelike depiction of her,” he said.

The only problem — having the money to pay for the work.

An Atlanta-based sculptor, Fred Ajanogha, created the life size Harriet Tubman piece as part of an exhibit last year.

“People resonated with it so much, we had a number of people saying ‘is this your piece?” Ambrose said, thinking about when people were curious about the artwork.

With a $9,000 price tag, Ambrose is asking visitors to donate a $20 bill.

“Anyone from children, to families, to individuals could contribute $20 and help us get to that $9,000 goal,” he said.

Not by coincidence, since the historical figure’s face will soon be on the money.

“I think it’s overdue and I think in her case it’s well deserved,” Ambrose said.

He says the sculpture will be a point of pride and a reminder for him to stop and stare.

“This should be a centerpiece of the Tubman museum,” he said.

The museum and the artist agreed to keep the sculpture inside the Tubman until the piece is paid off.

If you’d like to donate, you can do so at the museum store.

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