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Former Confederate Statue Site in Maryland Rededicated to Harriet Tubman 


Anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman is seen in a picture from the Library of Congress taken by photographer H.B. Lindsley between 1860 and 1870.

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

The Baltimore Sun reported 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 Generals 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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