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A groundbreaking anniversary for Maryland

This date, forever linked to unimaginable violence, also marks the anniversary of a grand beginning for Maryland.

One hundred ten years ago — Sept. 11, 1902 — Henrietta H. “Etta” Maddox, then in her early 40s, became the first woman admitted to the state bar.

Maddox, the only woman in her Baltimore Law School graduating class of 13 students in 1900, opened a law office in the city on the corner of St. Paul and Lexington streets.

Maddox, who died Feb. 19, 1933, is buried in Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore. The Scales of Justice are inscribed on her tombstone.

(HT: Finding Justice, A History of Women Lawyers in Maryland)