Workers Remove Baltimore Confederate Monuments Overnight

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 16, 2017

A commission appointed by the previous mayor recommended removing a monument to Marylander Roger B. Taney, the Supreme Court justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision denying citizenship to African-Americans, as well as a statue of two Virginians - the Confederate generals Lee and Jackson.

The remaining Confederate monuments in Baltimore include a Confederate women's monument in Bishop Square Park and a monument for soldiers and sailors on Mount Royal Avenue.

The removal of Confederate statues is "changing history", he said.

A group topped a statue in Durham, N.C. on Monday night in protest.

The vote will occur in one of the most racially charged political environments in recent memory after a demonstrator drove his Dodge Challenger through a crowd of counterprotesters during a white supremacist rally in Chalottesville, Virginia.

Since then, cities and states nationwide have considered tearing down statues of Confederate symbols. The move was taken on the basis of a proposal by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who had also referred to the Charleston shooting.

North Carolina's governor said he is trying to reverse a law that prohibits the removal or relocation of monuments in the state.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who has called on the Communities Foundation of Texas to study the issue of what the city should do with its physical reminders of its Confederate past, could push for that idea again when the issue comes to a vote next month as an attempt to sidestep controversy, Kingston told the Observer Wednesday. The crumpled and dented bronze figure has been taken to a warehouse for storage.

"A healthy democracy and people within that democracy should be able to say, 'This is our history.' And history is made up of actions of human beings, and human beings aren't ideal, " said Jeffrey F. Addicott, who stressed he was speaking for himself and not the law school.

It's happening in much the same way that a mass shooting by a white supremacist inside a SC church accelerated the removal of the Confederate flag. I see a part of history. "They're just as important to the entire history of the U.S.as the monuments to our other forefathers", Thomas V. Strain Jr. told WRC. Forrest was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. "It was our family that fought, and it was our families that died, and now we have these knuckleheads hijacking the flag for their own purposes". "I want them destroyed", city councilman Brandon Scott said Monday. Memorials to John C. Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan are perched outside a former courthouse that was the site of slave auctions before the Civil War.

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