13 Famous Maryland Natives in Honor of Maryland Day

Feeling some state pride on Maryland Day? Check out this list of 13 famous Maryland natives.

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circa 1880: American orator, abolitionist, writer and escaped slave, Frederick Douglass (1817 - 1895). (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)
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Kevin Durant loves Maryland more than you do. Unless you also have a huge Maryland tattoo across your back.
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Frederick Douglass was born a slave in Talbot County on the Eastern Shore. After escaping slavery, Douglass lived most of his life in New York but returned to live in Washington, D.C., before his death.
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A Baltimore native, Jada Pinkett-Smith graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts before leaving the state to pursue her acting career.
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Katie Ledecky was technically born in D.C., but was raised in Bethesda. She graduated from Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart before winning four gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
A native son of Baltimore, Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time. His five gold medals at the Rio Olympics were the most brought home by any Maryland athlete (and helped Maryland rack up its own amazing medal haul).
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Is anyone more Maryland than Cal Ripken Jr.? One of the most recognizable faces in baseball, Ripken played his entire career (21 seasons) for his hometown Baltimore Orioles and holds the record for consecutive games played (2,632).
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Still considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Babe Ruth earned his fame batting for the New York Yankees. But he first started playing baseball for his hometown Baltimore Orioles in 1914.
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Born in Rosedale, Stacy Keibler went to Towson University and became a Ravens cheerleader when she was 18 years old. Keibler is best known for her professional wrestling career, which started when she won a contest to be a dancer performing during commercial breaks. As part of the contest she also won $10,000 which she spent on Ravens season tickets.
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If you've listened to Logic's music, you probably know all about his Maryland roots. The Gaithersburg born rapper has never been shy about letting listeners know where he's from, frequently referencing Maryland and his hometown.
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Another Baltimore native, Frank Zappa lived near the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County before his family moved to California when he was 12 years old.
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Another person who was technically born in D.C., rapper Wale graduated from Quince Orchard High School in Montgomery County before moving to Largo. Possibly the most popular DMV rapper, Wale's last two albums debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
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The last Baltimore native on this list, Julie Bowen (of Modern Family fame) was raised in Ruxton-Riderwood before leaving for college.
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Creator of the Drudge Report, Matt Drudge was born and raised in Takoma Park and rose to fame during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, when the Drudge Report broke the story.
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