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'Maryland, My Maryland:' Congressman Jamie Raskin co-writes new Maryland state song

WJLA – Washington D.C. logo WJLA – Washington D.C. 8/25/2020 Elliot Henney (ABC7)
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Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) co-wrote a new Maryland state song called Maryland, My Maryland. 

Raskin, who represents Maryland's 8th district, is hoping the state adopts the song as the official state song, and will replace an outdated song he says has racist undertones.  

"For 80 years, Maryland has had a dismally racist, pro-Confederate State Song which calls Lincoln a 'tyrant,"' Raskin said in a tweet.  "Ready for a new State Song? My co-creator Steve Jones and I have written one. London Mevaa’s performance is amazing. Check it out." 

From the western mountains to the Ocean City shores, the song lays tribute to significant state landmarks and iconic figures through it's eclectic journey through American history as part of the Union during the Civil War with strong Confederate ties.  

London Mevaa, a student at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, sings the song, according to the Washington Post, and Raskin co-wrote the song with Steve Jones, the musical director of the DC Labor Chorus. 

A bill was filed in the House of Delegates back in January to designate an advisory panel to analyze submissions for a new state song, but the bill did not proceed past the hearing stage because of COVID-19. 

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The original state song of Maryland was written by Baltimore native James Ryder Randall in 1861.  Randall was a Confederate supporter and referred to President Abraham Lincoln as a "tyrant" and called union states "Northern scum."  

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