Harriet Tubman Mural on Willow St., Kennett Square
On Saturday, November 13, 2010, a crowd gathered to celebrate the Underground Railroad mural commissioned by Darryl Hall for his building at 120 South Willow Street in Kennett. Hall told of his hope that the mural will inspire African-Americans, especially children, with pride in their heritage. The mural, designed and painted by artists Dave Mass and Joey Gothelf, depicts a determined Harriet Tubman leading silhouetted freedom seekers toward the North Star. A highlight is a list of some Kennett abolitionists and those they helped.
Community Gardens of Chester County installed a raised garden at the base of the mural and helped neighbor children plant shrubs and perennials. Speakers included Mayor Matt Fetick, Amanda Galloway of Community Gardens, community leader Joan Holliday, Mary Dugan of Kennett Underground Railroad Center, and Hall. Jerry Poe of the YMCA led the singing of Amazing Grace. The Hall family grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone.
In the large crowd were attenders from various community groups, such as the Y, Historic East Linden Project, Study Buddies, Kennett Underground Railroad Center, Bayard Taylor Library, several churches, and the Buffalo Soldiers.