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Black History Month sites in Maryland [Pictures]

African-American history in Maryland runs wide and deep. There's Mathias de Sousa, one of the colony's first residents of African descent, and Eastern Shore natives Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, who became famed abolitionists. Baltimore's own Thurgood Marshall, Billie Holiday and business mogul Reginald F. Lewis are among the contemporary Marylanders who have shaped history. “The African-American experience in Maryland is full of amazing accomplishments and inspiring, uplifting stories,” said Connie Yingling, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Office of Tourism, which provides written and digital materials for visitors. “It's full of individuals who rose from humble beginnings to do great things for our state and nation.” Here is a collection of activities and sites that will enable you to explore and celebrate African-American history in Maryland, not only in February, Black History Month, but year-round. -Donna M. Owens, For The Baltimore Sun
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