Baltimore mayor: Confederate statue removal moving forward

Baltimore mayor: Confederate statue removal moving forward

Baltimore mayor: Confederate statue removal moving forward

While the statues were not taken down, Rawlings-Blake did add signs in front of the monuments that said the Confederate Monuments were "part of a propaganda campaign of national pro-Confederate organizations to perpetuate the beliefs of white supremacy, falsify history and support segregation and racial intimidation". She noted in a press release that a working group to "lead the process for removing the Confederate Monuments" would be organized. Councilman Brandon Scott told the Sun that he would introduce a resolution at Monday's Council meeting demanding removal.

A statue of Heather Heyer should replace the one of Robert E. Lee
A statue of Heather Heyer should replace the one of Robert E. Lee

A statue of a Confederate soldier called "Old Joe" also was removed from outside the Alachua County Administration Building in Gainesville, Florida, on Monday, although the removal already had been in the works for a while. New Orleans completed the removal process at a cost of $2.1 million within two months following a lengthy court battle.

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"Relocating these statues and explaining them is the right thing to do".

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The protest was originally in response to Charlottesville officials deciding to remove a Robert E. Lee Confederate statue from a local park - and it quickly turned chaotic and violent when they were met with counter-protesters. "Baltimore has had more than enough time to think on the issue it's time to act".

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On Saturday, the mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, said that he is going to remove two Confederate monuments from his city's former courthouse in light of the racial unrest and terrorism in Charlottesville, Va. If the city council and the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission give a thumbs' up, then the Confederate leaders will be housed in a nearby park honoring veterans.

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