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Banneker-Douglass Museum Saddened by Theft and Defacement of Monumental Statue of Harriet Tubman
Press Release
Revealed December 21 by Banneker-Douglass Museum

On Saturday, December 17th, the Banneker-Douglass Museum endured a theft and the defacement of the monumental statue of Harriet Tubman, Araminta with Rifle and Vévé (2017) by Dr. Joyce J. Scott.

Mounted in September 2022, the monumental statue, Araminta with Rifle and Vévé sits in entrance of the museum on look at together Franklin Road. Museum workers seen the vévé, a beaded team that Harriet Tubman held in her left hand, was lacking.

A law enforcement report was submitted instantly. Museum staff  are now performing with the Town of Annapolis Police Section to critique video clip footage with hopes of recovering the piece.

“We’re saddened that this has occurred,” said Chanel Johnson, Government Director of Banneker-Douglass Museum and Maryland Commission on African American History and Society. “If everyone has any details linked to the theft, remember to enable us know. We are asking for the community’s assistance in this exertion. We are praying for the return of the vévé to restore the statue to its initial condition.”

Dr. Joyce J. Scott, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, is known as the “Queen of Beadwork” for the intricate, handcrafted beading featured in several of her items. Araminta with Rifle and Vévé (2017) is on mortgage from Goya Up to date Gallery in Baltimore. Scott at first created the piece for a 2018 exhibition entitled Harriet Tubman and Other Truths at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J.

The museum will be shut until finally additional see although the investigation is underway.

If anybody has any information and facts, please get in touch with the museum by way of e mail at or by means of cellular phone at (410) 216-6180.