OSU Newark unveils Harriet Tubman statue for Black History Month

NEWARK – The celebration of black history doesn’t end after February.

The latest addition from Ohio State University-Newark and Central Ohio Technical College to their Black History Month art collection has been unveiled in the form of a statue of the iconic Harriet Tubman.

The statue, on loan to campus by the Gilbert Reese Family Foundation, wanted to honor the importance of black artists and writers. The two colleges started a tradition of great celebrations almost 20 years ago. They hope to implement more murals, paintings and sculptures inside buildings to celebrate remarkable black people, according to COTC president John Berry.

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Another aspect of the celebration is an annual Black History Gala, hosted this year via Zoom on February 25. Each year, students and faculty come together to plan and coordinate the gathering.

OSU also recently created the Racial Justice Seed Fund to address the historical and contemporary effects of racism and racial disparities in all aspects of American society, according to OSU-N Dean Bill MacDonald.

Berry said that in the near future, the two sites will hire someone as director of diversity, a new position for the campus to help lead anti-racism initiatives.

“The campus works hard to work with the community to fight racism. There is the faculty, administration, students and staff all coming together to be actively anti-racist, ”says MacDonald. “The OSU Newark Advisory Board is very supportive and we have worked with the Licking County NAACP. We try to stay as engaged as possible. ”

To watch the virtual video “Harriet Tubman Great Contributors Statue Dedication” on YouTube, Click here.

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