Maryland Confederate Monuments Disappear Overnight
Monuments to Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate army in the American Civil War, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, a Confederate general, as well as the Roger B. Taney Monument were removed from Baltimore’s Wyman Park Dell. The act follows the city council’s decision on Monday, which approved the removal of four statues, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh ordered the dismantle and removal which began after 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday night. By the time the sun came up on Wednesday morning, the statues were gone.
“They need to come down. My concern is for the safety and security of our people. We moved as quickly as we could.”
A white nationalists rally organized to protect Confederate monuments by protesting against plans to eliminate a statue of Robert E. Lee, led to a deadly clash with anti-racism demonstrators in Charlottesville, VA last weekend. The violence appears to have sparked the removal of statues across the country.
More cities with Confederate monuments are expected to follow Baltimore and order the removal of their statues. Maryland was a border state and not considered to be part of the Confederacy, but citizens were divided in their loyalties, which led to many bloody battles in the area.
Baltimore is famously the site of the first bloodshed associated with the Civil War. On April 19, 1861, as Union troops marched from the President Street Station to Camden Station, a posse of Confederate supporters launched an attack on troops in what is known as the Pratt Street Riot.
The Lee-Jackson Monument located at Wyman Park Dell was erected in 1948. Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina have the highest concentration of Confederate memorials, possessing 300 of the roughly 700 standing.
In Durham, NC this week a woman was arrested for knocking over a Confederate statue during a protest.
Mayor Pugh said that some of the statues will be sent to Confederate cemeteries.