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5 Fun Facts About January 20 In Maryland History

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1. In 1986, Baltimore's "Great Blacks in Wax" Museum opened. It was the first African American museum in the state.

2. In 1964, the first Catholic university in Maryland, Loyola University Maryland, was granted a charter.

3. In 1841, the Maryland State Colonization Society was founded. Its mission was to settle freed African Americans in Liberia.

4. In 1937, the State of Maryland declared the Chesapeake Bay Bridge a public utility. The bridge spans 4.3 miles and connects Maryland's eastern and western shores.

5. In 1865, the Maryland legislature approved a constitutional amendment abolishing slavery in the state. However, it wasn't officially ratified until 2014, following a clerical error that had previously prevented its passage.
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