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Md. board approves grant for Douglass memorial

ANNAPOLIS  —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.

The effort for the memorial was led by UM professor Ira Berlin. Berlin said Douglass stood for fairness, justice and equality.

Douglass was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore. After escaping, he was a leader of the abolitionist movement, becoming known for his writings and oratory.