The University of Maryland announced Monday that its marching band would suspend playing the official state song of Maryland, “Maryland, My Maryland.” James Ryder Randall composed the nine-stanza poem in April 1861, which was adopted as the state’s song on April 29, 1939.
The song’s pro-Confederacy lyrics have drawn criticism from lawmakers for many years. In the wake of the Charlottesville white nationalist rally that turned deadly, questions have resurfaced whether to rewrite the lyrics or start over from scratch.
With the University of Maryland abandoning the song, state lawmakers may now be willing to bring it up for debate.
The Baltimore Sun reports Katie Lawson said the band agreed to suspend playing the song to “evaluate if it is consistent with the values of our institution at this time.”