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Macon County resident Jada Bryson to talk about Harriet Tubman at free children’s event on Friday in Sylva’s Bridge Park

SYLVA, NC, Oct.  17, 2021 – Macon County NC native Jada Bryson will talk to elementary school groups about the life of Harriet Tubman on Friday, October 22, between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Harriet Tubman “Journey to Freedom” traveling sculpture in Bridge Park, 76 Railroad Drive, Sylva.  Ms. Bryson was the art model for the Harriet Tubman figure in the dramatic statue.  She will provide historical background, answer questions about the sculpture, and share her experiences in modeling for this important exhibit. Academy and Emmy Award-winning sculptor Wesley Wofford of Cashiers NC designed the 9ft, 2400 lb dramatic sculpture to honor Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery in Maryland and led Black enslaved people on their journeys to freedom in North Carolina and elsewhere. The event is free and open to the public.

This program will follow the morning performances of Heroes of the Underground Railroad at the Bardo Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. For more information about the Bardo Arts Center event: bardoartscenter.wcu.edu; 828-227-ARTS.

For details about the Harriet Tubman event in Bridge Park, contact the Jackson County NC NAACP Branch:  828-331-1803 or email jcnaacp54ab@gmail.com.

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