In Honor of Harriet Tubman

Roberto Vivas, Staff Writer

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On August 16, 2017, the Robert E. Lee and Thomas. J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell of Baltimore was removed. This monument honored the two most infamous Confederate generals of the South, capturing their likenesses side by side on horse back. This was only one of the four statues that were taken down in Baltimore City, thanks to Mayor Catherine Pugh order, after the violent confrontations in Charlottesville, Virginia. Furthermore, a proposal for the former site of the statue being renamed after Harriet Tubman is circulating through the Baltimore City Council. Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, he lead sponsor on the proposal, has said that “she belongs there,” and “we’re moving forward to what is more comfortable to the city of Baltimore, and people who live here.”

However, there are some who believe that there will be some resistance to this change because they know that others felt a strong connection to what the previous statues represented. Others support the proposal and wish to see Harriet Tubman honored for her career helping other slaves secure their freedom, working for Union forces during the civil war, and being an advocate for women’s suffrage. Her impactful life ended in 1913. City leaders wish for the the new name to be the “Harriet Tubman Grove” and implemented by March 10.

Sources:

  1. Duncan, Ian. “Baltimore Council Considers Renaming Area Where Confederate Generals’ Statue Stood in Honor of Harriet Tubman.” Baltimoresun.com, 30 Oct. 2017, www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-harriet-tubman-grove-20171030-story.html.
  2. Solis, George. “Site Where Confederate Monument Once Stood Could Be Named After Harriet Tubman.” CBS Baltimore, 5 Feb. 2018, baltimore.cbslocal.com/2018/02/05/harriet-tubman-replaces-confederate-monument/.
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Roberto Vivas is a junior at Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born in Spain and his parents moved to the U.S due to his father being...

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