Maryland Hometown Honors Abolitionist Frederick Douglass After Years of Debate

EASTON, MD. (AP).- After years of struggle by local residents, famed 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass will finally be honored with a statue beside his Maryland hometown courthouse — a place that has long maintained a monument to local men who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. For a biracial group that worked on the project, it’s long-overdue recognition for an important American. They say the diversity of their effort is a sign of how far race relations have come in a county where the location of a Douglass statue stirred debate as recently as the last decade. “I think it shows how this community has changed from a time when black people weren’t allowed to even be on the courthouse lawn, and now we have a monument to a black man who was one of the most prominent figures of the 19th century,” said Eric Lowery, president of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, which worked