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

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

Installed in September 2022, the monumental statue, Araminta with Rifle and Vévé sits in front of the museum on look at along Franklin Street. Museum workers found the vévé, a beaded personnel that Harriet Tubman held in her left hand, was lacking.

A law enforcement report was filed immediately. Museum staff  are at the moment doing the job with the Metropolis of Annapolis Police Department to evaluation video footage with hopes of recovering the piece.

“We’re saddened that this has occurred,” reported Chanel Johnson, Executive Director of Banneker-Douglass Museum and Maryland Fee on African American History and Tradition. “If any individual has any information related to the theft, be sure to let us know. We are inquiring for the community’s aid in this effort. We are praying for the return of the vévé to restore the statue to its unique condition.”

Dr. Joyce J. Scott, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, is recognized as the “Queen of Beadwork” for the intricate, handcrafted beading showcased in lots of of her pieces. Araminta with Rifle and Vévé (2017) is on mortgage from Goya Modern day Gallery in Baltimore. Scott at first produced the piece for a 2018 exhibition entitled Harriet Tubman and Other Truths at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J.

The museum will be closed until even more discover when the investigation is underway.

If anybody has any information and facts, you should call the museum by way of email at or by using mobile phone at (410) 216-6180.