Maryland’s first ‘Civil Rights Heroes Day’ to be acknowledged on February 20

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation on Friday recognizing February 20, the anniversary of the death of Frederick Douglass, as “Civil Rights Heroes Day.”

It will take place on Saturday for the first time in Maryland history.

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According to the proclamation, Douglass is commonly referred to as “the father of the American civil rights movement”.

Governor Hogan has instructed that the flag of Maryland be lowered to half the staff on the occasion.

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In February 2020, in the Chamber of the Old House of Delegates at Maryland State House, Hogan unveiled statues of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, both born into slavery in Maryland.

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“As we commemorate Black History Month, I am proud to honor the lives and legacies of Maryland’s famous civil rights leaders, including Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Thurgood Marshall. I hope we continue to ponder the myriad contributions in these contributions remarkable leaders, and continually fighting for unity, equality and justice, “Hogan said.

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