KAT AND THE HARRIET TUBMAN MURAL
Kat Lindsey, dressed in her Harriet Tubman garb stands larger than life and in full color, on the 70 foot tall Harriet
Tubman Mural that stood at 9th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia. Did you know Philadelphia is the mural capital of the
world? Artist Sam Donovan of Aura New Jersey, asked Kat if she would model for the Harriet Tubman Mural, where Sam blended
Kat's image to represent Harriet Tubman, the most successful conductor of the Underground Railroad. Donovan was commissioned
to do the painting for the mural arts program in Philadelphia. The beautiful mural of Harriet Tubman proudly holding her lantern
high in the night sky under the moon and the North Star, was torn down in 2002 to make way for a parking garage. (Sad, but
Kat's life has become deeply intertwined with Harriet Tubman's. She portrays Harriet Tubman and
brings her love of quilting and desire to bring African American history alive to the public in many stage productions. One
of Kat Lindsey's most beloved quilts is the one she named, "The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad" quilt.
It has won first place, twice, in the prestigious Cold Springs Village quilt competition in Cape May, New Jersey. It features
12 blocks, each one depicting an event in the event-filled life of her heroine.
During her stage productions,
Kat encourages kids with a favorite Tubman quote, "If you're hungry, tired, sick, or scared; if you can't make
another step – keep-a-goin!"
Keeping African American history alive and accurate is one of Kat's
goals. She mourns the loss of the Harriet Tubman mural in Philadelphia and hopes people who had the chance to see it will
remember its beauty and the brave woman who jeopardized her own freedom to help rewrite the life stories of more than 300
slaves. But even without the mural, Harriet Tubman will continue to live through Kat Lindsey's persistence, love of storytelling,
and need to know that the truth has been told.