Governor Larry Hogan along with House SpeakerAdrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson unveiled Monday the statues of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman in the Old House of Delegates Chamber of the Maryland State House.
The descendants of both Douglass and Tubman, attended a special joint session of the Maryland General Assembly on Monday.
“As we commemorate Black History Month, it is my immense honor to dedicate these two statues and to ensure that the lives and legacies of two of Maryland’s most important and most influential leaders—Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass—are permanently and formally enshrined in the history of our great state,” Hogan said. “It is my hope that when we view these wonderful statues of these incredible heroes and reflect on the countless contributions of these remarkable leaders, it will remind each of us to always stand on the side of goodness and love, and on the side of unity and justice.”
“Douglass and Tubman were born into slavery in the 19th century on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. A tribute to both Douglass and Tubman has been a topic of conversation amongst the state’s leaders since the completion of the Old Senate Chamber in 2016. Since that time, Maryland citizens have consistently expressed a desire to add these abolitionists to the public experience of the nation’s oldest working state house,” Hogan’s press office said.
The Old House of Delegates Chambers will be reopened to the public on February 11. On Saturday the State Archives is hosting a day of free public events to celebrate the statues. Check out the schedule of events here.
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