“Maryland, My Maryland” by James Ryder Randall has been the state song since 1939. But a state panel recommended replacing it in December, and now state lawmakers have a few ideas about how to eliminate the homage to the Confederacy.
State historians say Randall wrote “Maryland, My Maryland” in 1861 while mourning a friend shot by Union troops marching through Baltimore. Confederate troops adopted it as a battle song during the Civil War.
But several members of the General Assembly say they are ready to stop commemorating this less-than-proud moment of Maryland's history.