Calls For Removal Of Confederate Monuments In Baltimore

Statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville VA

Statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville VA

Pugh said she wants the statues to be placed in Confederate cemeteries elsewhere in Maryland.

The mayor suggested the statues be moved to a community park.

Following the weekend's deadly clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland Mayor Catherine Pugh has reached out to contractors to discuss removing the city's Confederate-era monuments.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Michael E. Busch said Monday the monument to former Chief Justice Roger B. Taney (TAW nee) "doesn't belong" at the State House in Annapolis.

In addition, the president of the Jacksonville, Florida, city council has called for the city to take an inventory of its confederate monuments, and said he would then propose legislation to relocate those monuments to museums. Councilman Brandon Scott told the Sun that he would introduce a resolution at Monday's Council meeting demanding removal.

The move comes after a auto plowed through a group of counter protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. New Orleans completed the removal process at a cost of $2.1 million within two months following a lengthy court battle. We hope other cities follow Lexington's example.

In light of yesterday's events, where white supremacists gathered to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, Mayor Jim Gray has made a decision to expedite the removal of Confederate monuments in Lexington.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Gray announced in a statement he would be asking the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Council to ask the state military commission for permission to take down the statues.

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