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With benefactor George Peabody in attendance, the Peabody Institute is officially inaugurated in Baltimore.

Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1902

The Peabody Institute, begun nine years before and now operating as the significant intellectual core of Baltimore, was formally inaugurated in the presence of its benefactor, the American-born British banker George Peabody, back in the United States on a visit. Governor Swann of Maryland gave a speech of welcome and Peabody himself spoke, making a plea for Baltimore to become a "daystar of political tolerance and charity" turning its back on the divided past and becoming an example of reconciliation after "the ravages of war."  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Maryland," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 469.