Nina Cooke John-designed Harriet Tubman monument will replace Columbus in Newark, New Jersey

Just ahead of Juneteenth (now an official federal holiday), Shadow of a Face, a proposed monument honoring abolitionist Harriet Tubman designed by architect Nina Cooke John, has been selected to replace a statue of Christopher Columbus that once stood at Washington Park in Newark, New Jersey. The Columbus statue, one of two in Newark, was removed in June 2020.

The Kingston, Jamaica-born Cooke John, founder of multidisciplinary architecture and design practice Studio Cooke John, beat out four other finalists in the running to design the Tubman monument for Washington Park. The space will be renamed Harriet Tubman Square once the monument is installed at the National Register of Historic

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