Monday, February 18, 2002

Some Good News


Tubman artworks at library

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A glance into the life of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of the anti-slavery movement, will be on display through Feb. 28 in the Children's Learning Center of the Main Library, 800 Vine St., downtown.

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        Local artist and teacher Raymond S. Lane has sculpted hand-built clay works that depict the life of the 19th century heroine. The exhibit is called, Harriet Tubman's Experience in the Underground Railroad.

        One sculpture depicts Mrs. Tubman with a lantern looking at a young slave through a trap door to a basement. Another shows Mrs. Tubman standing in front of a group of slaves with a shotgun. It is said that she threatened to kill any slave who wanted to turn back after an escape.

        Mrs. Tubman supposedly made 19 trips into the south and successfully guided more than 300 fugitive slaves to freedom. During the Civil War, she served as a nurse, spy, cook and scout forUnion soldiers. After the war, she crusaded for women's rights.

        When she died in 1913 at age 93 , she was buried with full military honors.

        “I was inspired when I visited Harriet Tubman's house, (in Auburn, N.Y.)” said Mr. Lane, who researched the life of Mrs. Tubman at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Ripley, Ohio.

        Mr. Lane worked on the sculptures in donated studio space in the basement of Assumption Church in Walnut Hills. He had an exhibition at the 1996 National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Ga. and has sold at several United Negro College Fund functions.

        “The exhibit has generated a lot of interest,” said Susan Hansel, a librarian in the Children's Learning Center. “I have noticed people just stand there and take it in.”

        Viewing hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and 1-5 p.m., Sunday. For more information, call 369-6922.

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        Matt Collins, a senior at Summit Country Day School, won the “Chow Down” wing eating contest at the school last month, helping to raise $777 for Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Cincinnati.

        He ate 77 wings.

        The contest, chowing down on wings donated by Buffalo Wild Wings in Rookwood Pavilion, is in its third year at the school.

        Seniors Caroline Wells, Jeff Thompson and Anne Sammarco organized the chicken charity event. The students decided to donate the money to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of middle school teacher Emil Nelson who died of leukemia in February, 2001.

        Jennifer Pierson, public relations coordinator, said students, faculty and staff members paid a $10 entrance fee and made pledges for each wing eaten: “They had fun for a good cause.”

       Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are committing random acts of kindness that are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at (513) 768-8362; at ahoward@enquirer.com; or by fax at (513) 768-8340.
       

       



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