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Congressman Andy Harris has co-sponsored a bill that would create a commission to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of famed former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

In a statement issued by his office the Eastern Shore Republican called Douglass the father of the civil rights movement.

The measure to create the commission is co-sponsored by D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Douglas was born in Talbot County in 1818 and escaped from slavery in 1838.

He later become a leader in the abolitionist movement as a speaker and writer.

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Abolitionist Harriet Tubman could never have imagined what happened yesterday.

An early photo of her was sold at auction for $161-thousand at the Swann Galleries in New York.

It had been expected to only sell for at most $30-thousand.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the buyer was Lion Heart Autograph based in Manhattan.

The photo of famed Underground Rail conductor was taken in the late 1860’s and shows her sitting in a floor length dress – an arm resting on the back of a chair staring into the camera.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland's U.S. senators are sponsoring legislation to bring a statue of Harriet Tubman to the U.S. Capitol Building.

The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation in 2012 creating the Harriet Tubman Statue Commission to raise money and commission a statue for display in the U.S. Capitol Building. But Congress must pass legislation to accept the donation.

The bill Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin announced Monday will direct the Joint Committee on the Libraries to enter into an agreement to accept the statue.

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Senator Chris Van Hollen paid tribute to former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman at a ceremony on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Maryland Democrat told the historically black college that it was important to mark the incredible story.

He said hoped legislation in Washington will soon allow a statue of Tubman in the nation’s capital.

President Obama slated her image to replace that of President Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill.

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Governor Jack Markell is set to sign a measure that apologizes for Delaware’s role in the institution of slavery.

The measure acknowledges the cruelty and brutality of not only slavery but the injustice of the Jim Crow laws that imposed segregation for the next hundred years.

On the 150 anniversary of the ratification of the 13th amendment that ended slavery Markell said it was essential that the state publicly acknowledge the everlasting damage of “those sins.”

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Human Relations Commission voted to urge Gov. Jack Markell and state lawmakers to issue a formal apology for slavery.
 
The Wilmington News Journal reports the 24-member commission voted unanimously during a special meeting Tuesday. The commission is a state panel charged with promoting positive relationships among racial and ethnic groups.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Board of Public Works has approved a $100,000 grant for a memorial to abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

The board voted on Wednesday on the proposed grant from Maryland Historical Trust's African American Heritage Preservation Program.

The memorial is being built in the plaza in front of Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland College Park campus. It will be called Frederick Douglass Square.

The memorial will feature Douglass quotations on a steel wall, paving stones, planting beds, and benches.

Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Board of Public Works is scheduled to vote on a $100,000 grant for a memorial to abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

The Board will vote Wednesday on the proposed grant from Maryland Historical Trust's African American Heritage Preservation Program.

The memorial is being built in the plaza in front of Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland College Park campus. It will be called Frederick Douglass Square.

The memorial will feature Douglass quotations on a steel wall, paving stones, planting beds, and benches.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell's office is mulling a request to pardon three 19th-century Delawareans convicted of helping smuggle slaves.

Pennsylvania resident Robert Seeley has asked Markell to pardon his ancestor, Thomas Garrett, a prominent Quaker abolitionist credited with helping more than 2,700 slaves reach freedom. Seeley also is seeking pardons for John Hunn and his partner, Samuel Burris, a free black man. Hunn was convicted with Garrett in 1848 for aiding a slave family.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A descendant of a Delaware man credited with helping more than 2,700 slaves reach freedom is asking Gov. Jack Markell to pardon his ancestor and two others.

Sixty-four-year-old Robert Seeley of Havertown, Pennsylvania, got the idea after outgoing Illinois' governor granted clemency on New Year's Eve to three abolitionists convicted for hiding and helping escaped slaves.

Seeley says he sent Markell his request on Facebook on New Year's Day, and then again in an email Monday.