Whaling Museum to unveil public art honoring local historic women

Whaling Museum to unveil public art honoring local historic women

August 3, 2020

Lighting the Way for All virtual event: August 13 

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The New Bedford Whaling Museum will officially unveil a work of public art honoring two historic SouthCoast women who were chosen by the community, during a virtual event on Thursday, August 13 from 5:30-6:00 p.m. Local artist Alyn Carlson created the artwork featuring educator Marial Harper (1934-2016) and community leader Jennie Horne (1920-1998). The artwork will appear on the side of the Whaling Museum’s Sundial Building at the corner of Johnny Cake Hill and Union Street in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The Lighting the Way for All online unveiling event is free and takes place during AHA! New Bedford. The event live stream link will be posted on www.LightingTheWayforAll.com.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution recognizing some women’s right to vote. The public art project Lighting the Way for All commemorates the centennial, honors the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement, and celebrates historic women who forged the path and lit the way for us all. Thousands of people participated in a selection process online by watching videos narrated by local students about 10 civically engaged women from the Whaling Museum’s project Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast. Online voting winnowed that list down to Marial Harper and Jennie Horne. All 10 videos can be viewed at www.historicwomensouthcoast.org.

During the August 13 unveiling, Whaling Museum President and CEO Amanda McMullen and Director of Education Christina Turner will be joined online by Lee Blake, President of New Bedford Historical Society; Lighting the Way for All artist Alyn Carlson; and Aurienne Dembitzki and Carol Heath, descendants of the women being honored.

Launched in 2018, Lighting the Way: Historic Women of SouthCoast unearths hidden histories of remarkable women from the Southcoast of Massachusetts who have made an extraordinary impact on their community and beyond. Visit www.historicwomensouthcoast.org to learn more.

Downloadable Large High Resolution Images at https://photos.app.goo.gl/JCvNjWPAzrziwbkU9

Evan England
Managing Director, NAIL[PR]
(401) 753-5588

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum ignites learning through explorations of art, history, science and culture rooted in the stories of people, the region and an international seaport. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city’s historic downtown. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for Whaling Museum members and children ages three and under; adults $19, seniors (65+) $17, students (19+) $12, child and youth $9. For more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org.