Commemorating Maryland's Pride and Glory

Commemorating Maryland's Pride and Glory (HM653)

Location: St Marys City, MD 20686 St Mary's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 11.307', W 76° 25.968'

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"Freedom of Conscience"

In the early 1880s, Marylanders began to commemorate the "lost city" of St. Mary's as a place of special significance. The 300th anniversary of Maryland's founding in 1934 brought renewed attention and enthusiasm. The State House replica was built, a huge celebration drawing over 100,000 people was held, and this statue was commissioned. It honors religious toleration, a right secured to all citizens of Maryland by "An Act Concerning Religion," passed by the General Assembly in 1649.

This statue was paid for by donations from various counties in the state. It is graced by a garden, redesigned in 2000 as a community project. The "BayScapes" garden embodies the concept of environmentally sound landscaping developed by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. By relying heavily on native species that do not require pesticides, fertilizers or supplemental watering, this garden benefits people, wildlife, the St. Mary's River, and ultimately the Bay.

The garden is sponsored by St. Mary's College of Maryland, the Historic St. Mary's City Commission, St. Mary's Parish, the Governor's Lower Potomac Tributary Team, the Mistress Brent Garden Club, and the Maryland State Highway Administration. Financial support was provided by Andros, Inc. and the St. Mary's County Critical Area Commission.

(caption) Hans Schuler, Sr. (1874-1951) a Baltimore sculptor, created this statue. In his words, it "represents the liberation of the spirit that had for so long been bound by intolerance. ... The torch represents the flame that kindled this fire of religious freedom throughout the world."

(sidebar) "No man who repairth thither is a Christian in danger of being disturbed for his religion." —John Ogilby, 1671.

(sidebar) The Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) is the state flower and represents the black and gold family colors of the Calverts, the founders of Maryland. Its perennial version, Rudbeckia Fulgida, is planted here.
HM NumberHM653
Series This marker is part of the Markers Attached to Sculpture series, and the Maryland: Saint Mary's City series.
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 7:09am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 374523 N 4227694
Decimal Degrees38.18845000, -76.43280000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 11.307', W 76° 25.968'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 11' 18.42" N, 76° 25' 58.08" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 22720 Trinity Church Rd, St Marys City MD 20686, US
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