BALTIMORE (WJZ) – July 2 is now considered a special day for Maryland. City leaders are calling for a statewide vacation to recognize Judge Thurgood Marshall. The plea comes from a historic monument in the city.
It has been called the epicenter of Marshall’s life and education. It may be vacant, but it will soon come to life.
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It’s her 113th birthday and from that day in Maryland, July 2nd will be called Thurgood Marshall Day. The proclamations signed by Mayor of Baltimore Brandon Scott and Governor Larry Hogan recognize the first black judge on the Supreme Court, who made Baltimore his home. The thanks don’t end there.
“We would like to keep pushing because we would like this day to be forever in our state’s memory as a holiday,” said Reverend Alvin C. Hathaway Sr., President of Beloved Community Services Corp.
City and state leaders broke the news outside Henry Highland Garnet School on Division Street where Marshall attended school on Friday.
“We will restore this building to its historical significance,” Hathaway said.
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Five thousand square feet, this school had 12 classrooms and 20 teachers when Marshall was a student here. In the past, trees grew inside the building. The playground is now a street. Everything you see here will be transformed and renovated with art capturing your eye as the primary display.
The community center will have four signature programs including legal education, research, projects for children and public leadership.
“You’re not going to miss this. They wanted something where people would stop and do the ‘ooo-ahh’ effect, like ‘Whoa, who is that in the house?’ Said artist Leslie King Hammond.
It will cost $ 8.2 million to have everything completely renovated. The plan is for everything to be finalized by January.
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“Judge Thurgood Marshall will be in Baltimore as Reverend Martin Luther King is in Atlanta,” Hathaway said.