At a time when states are debating the removal of Confederate monuments, Maryland unveiled bronze statues of famed abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass during a ceremony Monday night in the Maryland State House.
The life-sized statues were dedicated during a special joint session of the Maryland General Assembly in the Old House Chamber, the room where slavery was abolished in the state in 1864.
A mark of true greatness is shining light on a system of oppression and having the courage to change it, House Speaker Adrienne Jones, the state’s first black and first female House speaker, said in prepared remarks. The statues are a reminder that our laws aren’t always right or just. But there’s always room for improvement.