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Baltimore Renames Part Of Confederate Park For Harriet Tubman, Months After Removing Monuments

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Rob Shimshock Education Reporter

Baltimore officials have dedicated a grove in a Confederate park for Harriet Tubman after the city removed four Confederate statues in the wake of the “Unite the Right” Charlottesville rally in August.

The city rededicated the grove in Wyman Park Dell to Tubman Saturday, the 105th anniversary of the abolitionist’s death, reported CNN. The park previously contained statues dedicated to Gen. Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Confederate women, and former Supreme Court justice Roger B. Taney, who authored the Dred Scott opinion.

“This dedication of a grove of trees seems a fitting honor for a great abolitionist and US Army spy who traveled countless miles through Maryland forests,” said Friends of Wyman Park Dell board president C. Ryan Patterson, in a statement obtained by CNN.

Baltimore removed its Confederate statues in the middle of the night after the Charlottesville rally, a decision also taken by New Orleans. (RELATED: New Orleans Uproots Third Confederate Statue In Early Morning Operation)

“I felt the best way to remove the monuments was to remove them overnight,” Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said afterward. “I thought that there’s enough grandstanding, enough speeches being made, get it done…[it] shouldn’t be a debate that’s gripping this city.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the Baltimore city council for further comment but received none in time for press.

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