A portion of Baltimore’s Wyman Park Dell that was once the site of two Confederate statues was renamed, Harriet Tubman Grove. The rededication took place on Saturday marking the 150th anniversary of the death of the abolitionist, according to CBS Baltimore.
The spot of the park formerly hosted statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The monuments were ordered to be removed by Mayor Catherine Pugh after the white nationalist rallies turned violent last August.
People gathered in Wyman Park Dell today for the dedication of Harriet Tubman Grove, the first former confederate statue site in #Baltimore to be rededicated. @cbsbaltimore#WJZ#HarrietTubmanDaypic.twitter.com/odC6oURptU
— Tracey Leong (@TraceyWJZ) March 10, 2018
Many members of the community attended the renaming ceremony including one of Tubman’s grandnieces. Baltimore Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke said, “It helps bring the community values to important places and helps to weave together the community,” when speaking on the site renaming. “Since the statues were removed, it has become a gathering place.”
Tubman who is a native of Maryland is remembered for her work as a conductor of the Underground Railroad and is rumored to be the new face of the $20 bill.
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