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Maryland Statues to Celebrate Tubman & Douglass in Old House Chamber

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — At a time when states are debating the removal of Confederate monuments, Maryland is adding bronze statues of two of the state's famous black historical figures to the Maryland State House.

The statues of abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass will be unveiled Monday night in the Old House Chamber. That's the same room where slavery was abolished in Maryland in 1864.

The unveiling comes as the state has taken steps to reflect its rich black history.

Last month, for the first time, the walls of the Maryland Senate were adorned with a portrait of a black lawmaker.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.