Baltimore considers Confederate monument removal 'in the footsteps of New Orleans'

Baltimore considers Confederate monument removal 'in the footsteps of New Orleans'

Baltimore considers Confederate monument removal 'in the footsteps of New Orleans'

He says that's why New Orleans is removing their statues and other communities like Richmond, Virginia the Capitol of the Confederacy, are adding statues of civil rights leaders and others to flesh out the historic context.

The city's previous mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ordered a review of the Confederate monuments but never actually removed them.

Instead, former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake put up signs calling them propaganda created to falsify history and support racial intimidation. The city also has statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

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Baltimore has been considering the removal of its Confederate statues for over a year.

But Rawlings-Blake stopped short of removing the monuments, citing costs and logistical concerns, and left a final decision up to Pugh, who took office in December.

"And so hopefully, the people of New Orleans will use this as an opportunity to reach into our past, tell our whole history, and then prepare for the future in a way that makes sense to us". It costs about $200,000 a statute to tear them down. The commission also observed that while almost three times as many Maryland residents enlisted in the Union army as fought for the Confederacy, Baltimore has only one public Union memorial.

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In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan stopped the state from issuing license plates with the image of the Confederate battle flag.

"We have not erased history", Mayor Mitch Landrieu said during a recent speech. But there is nothing wrong with removing monuments that were meant to honor and celebrate something that we know was wrong.

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