Baltimore removes Confederate statues in wake of Charlottesville

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

By last week, she said she had reached out to contractors here to solicit assessments on the feasibility of removing each of the statues in short order.

Journalist Baynard Woods posted video of the Taney and Women's monuments being driven away.

In New Orleans, the final Confederate statue came down in May.

Maryland, a slave-owning state, remained in the union during the civil war, which was fought from 1861 to 1865.

The racist rally in Charlottesville, VA, which culminated in the death of a counter-protester, was pegged to the removal of a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the city.

But Pugh's decision comes as other cities consider the future of their Confederate monuments, including Tampa, Florida; Columbia, South Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky; and Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Carolyn Billups, the former president of the Maryland Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, says she thinks Pugh has made a mistake by taking down the Confederate monuments in such secrecy.

The Associated Press reported that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam were also among those who have called for their states to removed Confederate-era statues from public lands in the days after Charlottesville. Now, states and cities with monuments to figures who fought to defend slavery can't get them down fast enough.

The demonstrations turned violent, ultimately leaving a woman dead after a man rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters. Specifically, an equestrian statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee that is slated for removal. According to documents at the University of Virginia and the Library of Congress, Lee stated, "I think it wiser...not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered". "Stonewall" Jackson onto a flatbed truck in the dark.

Mayor Catherine Pugh told local media the statues would be sent to confederate cemeteries. What she was aware of was the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia amid a rally by armed neo-Nazis and white supremacists around a statue of Robert E. Lee that was targeted for removal. "After Charlottesville, I do not see how Americans can look the other way".

The Taney statue depicted Roger B. Taney, the fifth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

"These monuments, memorials and markers represent a time in our history that caused pain to so many", she said Monday.

The convergence of white nationalists and neo-Nazis with Confederate imagery in Charlottesville will make it hard for government agencies to defend having Confederate statues on their property, Boston University history professor Heather Cox Richardson said. "I feel that way, but I hesitate and the reason is because I realize that the city of Dallas is stronger, is better, when we are united and not divided".

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