Category Archives: Maryland

Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues One Day After Voting On Issue

In an overnight operation, workers removed Baltimore’s high-profile statues linked to the Confederacy, using cranes and trucks to haul away monuments that honored Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Roger B. Taney, author of the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott opinion. “It’s done,” Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday, according to The Baltimore Sun. “They needed to… Read More »

Ownership of medical-pot companies, problem policing highlighted by lawmakers

The president of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus said Thursday that the group is committed to introducing emergency legislation to pause the state’s medical marijuana program until questions surrounding racial disparities in the awarding of growing licenses are resolved. “This is an urgent issue,” said Del. Cheryl D. Glenn (D-Baltimore), who is president of the… Read More »

DOJ report on Baltimore echoes centuries-old limits on African-American freedom in the Charm City

African-American rights in Baltimore have always been in jeopardy. The recently released report from the Department of Justice on the Baltimore Police Department is sobering, but not surprising. As a scholar of early African-American history in Maryland, I see similarities between laws regarding enslaved and free blacks living in Baltimore prior to the Civil War,… Read More »