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They Called Her Moses.

They Called Her Moses.

Aurora, NY: Punky Press, (2013). Reich, Jessie. Octavo. (15)pp. One of twenty copies, signed by the artist, Jessie Reich. Interior leaves act as enclosures for inserted double-sided prints. Simultaneously a tribute to Harriet Tubman and a call to action on her behalf, the book points out the dichotomy between Tubman’s legacy in the cultural and historical imagination and her absence in the real monuments of Auburn, NY, the town in which she spent the last 50 years of her life. Reich pairs bleak views of the town in winter, including the local school district’s mostly hidden Harriet Tubman Administration Building and the dirty, empty Freedom Park, with powerful quotations on Tubman’s lasting impact in the community. The book itself is a remarkable example of art as activism; its publication brought awareness to the issue of Tubman’s invisibility, and in 2017 her residence, Auburn’s Home for the Aged, and the AME Zion Church, were designated as part of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park. Bound in a drum-leaf binding with cloth-covered boards and a paper label to the front cover. Housed in a paper chemise. Fine. Item #30331

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