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Former Md. Confederate Site Rededicated to Harriet Tubman

Saturday was the 105th anniversary of Tubman's death

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    In this file photo, the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson monument base is viewed in Wyman Park Dell in Baltimore, Maryland, after being removed by the city on Aug. 16, 2017. Confederate statues were removed overnight in Baltimore as a campaign to erase symbols of the pro-slavery Civil War South gathers momentum across the United States.The removal of the Baltimore monuments came four days after clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, that stemmed from a rally called by white supremacists to protest plans to remove a statue of Lee from a public park.

    A space at a Baltimore park that had long honored two Confederate generals has been rededicated to abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

    The Baltimore Sun reports that hundreds of people gathered Saturday for the ceremony at Wyman Park Dell. The ceremony took place just feet from the now-empty pedestal where a large statue of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson once stood.

    The statue was removed in August after a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia reignited the national debate over what to do with symbols of the Confederacy.

    Saturday was the 105th anniversary of Tubman's death. The space was renamed Harriet Tubman Grove.

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    Tubman was born a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore. City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke called Tubman a "heroine and beacon for all ages."