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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon May 12, 2014

"The Martyrdom of Abolitionist Charles Torrey"

Sketch of Charles Torrey, originally published in "Memoir of the Rev. Charles T. Torrey" by J. P. Lovejoy.
Credit Public Domain

Psychiatric researcher E. Fuller Torrey’s mother told him he had a famous ancestor, a preacher who had made a big impact as an abolitionist back in the 1840s. This distant cousin, Charles Turner Torrey, was said to have personally driven 400 slaves to freedom and had inspired John Brown to take a militant stand against slavery.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Tue March 25, 2014

How Maryland Became Maryland

The Maryland Dove, a recreation of The Dove that sailed from England to Maryland.
Credit Acroterion / Wikimedia Commons

Three-hundred and eighty years ago today, the first permanent Maryland colonists stepped off their ships, The Ark and The Dove, and onto St. Clement’s Island in what is now St. Mary’s County. The group of around 140 people was led by Leonard Calvert, brother of Cecilius Calvert, who held the charter for the colony and the title of Lord Baltimore. For more than a century, Marylanders have taken time out on this day to remember the history of the Free State.

 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed February 5, 2014

How Baltimore Rebuilt After The Great Fire of 1904

Church of the Messiah at Fayette and Gay Streets
Credit Public Domain

  One-hundred ten years ago this Friday, Baltimore could be seen as a glow in the night sky for miles around the city. It wasn’t the city lights that generated the glow but a wind-stoked fire that ravaged much of the city’s downtown. The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 is considered the third worst fire to hit an American city and it shaped downtown in ways still visible today.

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