In 1928, J. Henry Ferguson, Jr. donated $100,000 - over 1.3 million in today’s money - to the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore for a statue of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson.
Ferguson was born before the Civil War, in 1849 in Baltimore County. In 1850, his father, who made his money in real estate was listed as a slave owner. Ferguson, Jr. went on to become the President of the Colonial Trust Company.