When Baltimore’s towering Washington Monument was built around 200 years ago, it’s construction was unprecedented in the newly formed United States and Baltimore earned the nickname “The Monumental City.” The city is now dotted with an impressive number of public works that honor the past, including many statues, memorials and murals.

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Babe’s Dream

Where: 33 W. Camden Street

Outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a statue of Babe Ruth, who was born and raised in Baltimore. Bronze sculptures of six Orioles greats whose uniform numbers were retired by the ball club can be found behind the bullpens in left-center field. The statues are located in an area that is open to the public for free on non-game days.

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Billie Holiday

Where: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue

Billie Holiday was born in Philadelphia but spent her early childhood years in Baltimore City. This bronze statue of Lady Day is less than a block from the historic Royal Theater, the fabled performance hall where she performed with other jazz greats during the roaring ’20s.

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Frederick Douglass

Where: South Caroline Street and Philpot Street

A large bust of abolitionist Frederick Douglass sits outside the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park. The park is on the site of the first African American-owned shipyard in the United States, where Douglass worked during his early years in Baltimore. Another Douglass monument is located on the campus of Morgan State University.

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Edgar Allan Poe

Where: 1415 Maryland Avenue

The centerpiece of the University of Baltimore’s Gordon Plaza is this bronze statue of Edgar Allan Poe. The statue depicts a sitting Poe with his head slightly to the side and his hand raised, as if he is about to speak. Students often decorate this unofficial school mascot, who wears a cap and gown each year for graduation.

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Thurgood Marshall

Where: Hopkins Place and West Pratt Street

In the Inner Harbor across from the Baltimore Convention Center and in front of the Maryland Court House is this statue of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court. Marshall was a Baltimore native and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is named for him.