Wes Moore Takes Office As Maryland’s First Black Governor

Wes Moore becomes the state’s 63rd to hold the office, the third black person to be elected governor in the United States, and the fifth overall to serve in the position. Moore was sworn in with a bible once owned by Maryland-born abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

“As I stand here today, looking out over Lawyers’ Mall, at the memorial to Justice Thurgood Marshall, it’s impossible not to think about our history,” said Moore in his inaugural address. “We are blocks away from the Annapolis docks, where so many enslaved people arrived in this country against their will. And we are standing in front of a capitol building built by their hands.“

Maryland Governor Wes Moore’s inaugural address

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