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

Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1902
10/24/1866

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.

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