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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 08:59 AM

Maryland State House to keep plaque that honors both sides in Civil War, over objections of first

Maryland State House to keep plaque that honors both sides in Civil War, over objections of first black speaker


Over the objections of Maryland House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones, the State House Trust has decided to amend, but not discard, a plaque that pays tribute to both Union and Confederate soldiers who served and died in the Civil War.

In one of her first actions after becoming speaker in May, Jones proposed removing the plaque at the State House because, she said, its authors sought to avoid what is history: “that there was a right side and a wrong side in the Civil War.”

Jones called it the “last Confederate vestige” at the State House and said the plaque "does not seek to correctly document history, but instead sympathizes with Confederate motivations and memorializes Confederate soldiers.”

Instead of removing the plaque, however, the Maryland Historical Trust voted 3-1 last week to spend more than $2,400 to alter it. The change will remove the plaque’s Confederate flag.

Read more: https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-confederate-plaque-20191008-ws6ugg5oubelja66svjs5onkby-story.html

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