Bills in the General Assembly are calling for the repeal of “Maryland, My Maryland” as the official state song. “This is not a new issue, nor is it complicated,” Sen. Cheryl Kagan, sponsor of SB0008 said. “We must repeal Maryland’s offensive, Confederate-themed state song.” SB0008 and HB0667 aim to repeal the song based on its origin and writer. The song was written in 1861 by Baltimore native James Ryder Randall, who historians say was a Confederate sympathizer. It was written at the same time a pro-Confederate mob in Baltimore attacked Union troops marching through the city.
Lawmakers Push To Repeal ‘Maryland, My Maryland’ As Official State Song
March 12, 2021