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Former Confederate site rededicated to Harriet Tubman

9 months 3 days 20 hours ago Monday, March 12 2018 Mar 12, 2018 March 12, 2018 1:26 PM March 12, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: National Park Service

BALTIMORE, Md. - A space at a Baltimore park that had long honored two Confederate generals has been rededicated to abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

The Baltimore Sun reports that hundreds of people gathered Saturday for the ceremony at Wyman Park Dell. The ceremony took place just feet from the now-empty pedestal where a large statue of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson once stood.

The statue was removed in August after a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia reignited the national debate over what to do with symbols of the Confederacy.

Saturday was the 105th anniversary of Tubman's death. The space was renamed Harriet Tubman Grove.

Tubman was born a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore. City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke called Tubman a "heroine and beacon for all ages."

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