of Liberty - Harriet Tubman
This 70 foot high mural can no longer
been seen on the west side of a building in the 9-hundred block of Chestnut
Street in Philadelphia.
It was created by the Philadelphia Mural Project in six weeks at a
cost of $45-thousand dollars in order to be finished in time for
National Convention in Philadelphia in July of 2000. The inscription
on the mural contains the names of Philadelphians who played important
roles in the underground railroad.
The building it was painted on was torn down in June of 2002 to make
way for an expansion of the parking lot. A spokesman for the city of
Philadelphia said the decision was made due to the economic benefits
of the additional parking.
No wall mural is a permanent piece
of art. The average life of a wall mural is 20 to 25 years. Harriet Tubman's
Lantern of Liberty lasted
Photograph by Peter Gamble