Multiple Confederate statues taken down in Baltimore

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 16, 2017

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday joined a growing list of officials seeking to remove statues as a national debate flared anew over whether monuments to the Confederacy are symbols of hate or heritage.

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The empty pedestal of the former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney sits before dawn, August 16, 2017, in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, after workers took several Confederate monuments down overnight in the city.

Their removal in the dead of night - a surprise move by Mayor Catherine Pugh - does not erase the legacy of racism they represented, but it does reflect our rejection of it. Monuments to those who fought to split our nation and protect the institution of slavery should have had no place in this city when they were erected, and they certainly don't now.

The Charlottesville City Council voted in April to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at the newly-renamed Emancipation Park, CNN affiliate WVIR reported.

This story originally appeared on CBS Baltimore.

Asked specifically whether Charlottesville's Lee statue should come down, he said: "I would say that's up to a local town, community or the federal government, depending on where it is located".

Violent clashes broke out between white nationalists and counterprotesters and a woman was killed when a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people who were there to condemn the white nationalists. "I was happy to see them go".

White nationalist leaders plan to hold a rally in Lexington, Kentucky, to oppose the removal of the statues there and are considering a lawsuit, Matthew Heimbach, chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party, told the Herald-Leader newspaper on Tuesday.

But city and state officials said Charlottesville convinced them it's time to move on from having Confederate imagery in prominent public places. A woman in North Carolina faces felony charges in connection with the vandalism and toppling of a monument to Confederate soldiers in Durham.

The four monuments celebrated Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson; Confederate soldiers and sailors; the women of the Confederacy; and Roger Taney, the Supreme Court justice behind the notorious Dred Scott decision.

Pugh said at a news conference this morning, "I felt that the best way to remove the monuments was to remove them overnight". Are we gonna take down the statue?

"These statues were erected over 100 year ago to honor the history of the United States, " added Thomas V. Strain Jr., the group's commander in chief. "For now, it is now time for our city to rest", he said, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 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. He questions the timing of this removal in the wake of this week's city council vote.

Now, the planned removal of the statue has become a rallying cause for white supremacists and others - and a symbol of growing discontent.

In California, a 6-foot monument of Confederate war veterans from the Pacific region in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery will be removed Wednesday amid public pressure.

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