In Harford County Park renamed to honor black Civil War...

REGIONAL DIGEST

May 31, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

HAVRE DE GRACE — In Harford County

Park renamed to honor black Civil War hero

HAVRE DE GRACE -- About two dozen people gathered yesterday to mark the renaming of a Havre de Grace area park for an African-American Civil War soldier and Medal of Honor recipient who was born and raised in Harford County.

Alfred B. Hilton was born in 1842 to former slaves and grew up on his father's farm on Gravel Hill Road in eastern Harford County. He enlisted in the 4th U.S. Colored Troops in 1863 and fought in several battles before being killed at the Battle of New Market Heights in Virginia.

For his valor in the battle, Hilton was awarded the medal that is the highest honor an American in military service can receive.

In Maryland

Glendening honored for work on guns, tobacco

Gov. Parris N. Glendening was honored yesterday for his work against handguns and tobacco at a Baltimore ceremony sponsored by Smoke Free Maryland, the National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids, Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse and the Brady Campaign.

"Under Governor Glendening's leadership, Maryland is the only state in the nation to take on and defeat both the gun lobby and the tobacco lobby to protect our children," said Vincent DeMarco, executive director of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative Education Fund.

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