Former Baltimore Confederate statue site to be rededicated as Harriet Tubman Grove on Saturday

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore officials on Saturday will formally rededicate a portion of Wyman Park Dell — where a statue of two Confederate generals stood for decades — in honor of Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman.

The Harriet Tubman Grove will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday, which is the 105th anniversary of Tubman’s death.

“Wyman Park Dell is Baltimore’s first rededication of a former confederate site. We can think of no better heroine than Harriet Tubman to lead us into this new era for our city and its residents,” said Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke in a press release about the ceremony.

Last year Mayor Catherine Pugh ordered a 1948 statue of Confederate generals Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson and Robert E. Lee at the park to be taken down. The statue, along with three other Confederate monuments, were removed overnight in August.

A city bill to rededicate the grove for Tubman was approved in February.

Pugh, Clarke and City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young are expected to attend Saturday’s ceremony, along with officials from the city’s Department of Recreation & Parks and members of the Friends of Wyman Park Dell.

Others expected at the event include Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, Owen Silverman Andrews and Pastor Leah White of Greater Faith Baptist Church. The Morgan State Choir will perform.

In addition, the Friends group will announce creation of a Harriet Tubman Grove Tree Fund to support planting of trees in the area.

The event is one of several happening across the region to mark the anniversary of Tubman’s death.

Other commemorations are being held at the Banneker Douglass Museum in Annapolis and at the Tubman Underground Railroad State Park in Church Creek, among others.

Reporter Luke Broadwater contributed to this article.

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