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Inspiration for Troubled Times — Poster of the Week

Updated: Apr 23, 2022

Take My Hand

Michael Rosato

Wall Mural, 2019

Cambridge, Maryland

During this time of Easter, Passover, Ramadan and endless, senseless wars, we can all use some inspiration. This photo found on Twitter is both timely and timeless.

The mural by Michael Rosato is on the back wall of the Harriet Tubman Museum in Cambridge, Maryland. The 28 x 14 foot image shows Tubman reaching through a brick wall, with her hand outstretched to the viewer. The North Star—Tubman's navigational tool—is visible in the sky.

The artist based the mural on a true story.

“Tubman was born in the same county as Cambridge and lived in slavery for more than 25 years. Tubman's niece and nephew were being sold at the Cambridge courthouse, but the prospective buyers went to lunch. Tubman walked the two to the waterfront, put them on a rowboat, rowed it across the Choptank River, and then kept going until they were free.”

The trompe l'oeil (3-D) technique pulls the viewer into the image, offering us a way to freedom.


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