Outstanding Project: Beacon of Hope – Harriet Tubman Sculpture
This prize recognizes an exceptional project, event or activity conducted/sponsored by an organization, business, individual or local government that highlights Dorchester’s natural or cultural heritage and/or increases public awareness of its history, heritage and cultural traditions.
In selecting this awardee, the Heritage Board made note of the diverse community collaborators who came together in a grassroots effort to honor a local icon. Their work was led by Alpha Genesis Community Development Corp., with Steering Committee Members Adrian Holmes, Jermaine Anderson, April Byrd, Amy Craig, Rhodana Fields, Katie Day, Julie Gilberto-Brady, Bill Christopher and Addie Eckerdt. Their efforts raised $250,000 to have a permanent Harriet Tubman statue created specifically for Dorchester County. The sculpture was unveiled in 2022 at the Dorchester County Courthouse and dedicated to Dorchester County in 2023.
They group worked with nationally renowned and award-winning sculptor Wesley Wofford and his wife, Odyssey, on the design and installation of the sculpture. But the project encompasses much more than the creation of the Harriet Tubman sculpture. During the two years leading up to the sculpture’s unveiling, Alpha Genesis organized a multitude of historically inspired activities to engage the community, from a free sculpting master class for local students to Bike the Underground Railroad rides for children and adults.