Cities and states are acting to move Confederate monuments more quickly after the events of last weekend in Charlottesville, VA. Baltimore, Maryland became the latest city to remove its statues, choosing to do so in the middle of last night.
Former Baltimore mayor, Stephanie Rawlings- Blake created a special commission to review all of the city’s Confederate statues and historical assets back in 2015. On Monday the city council voted unanimously to make the move.
In Durham, North Carolina, protesters used a strap to take down monument of a Confederate soldier earlier this week.
For those who don’t understand the significance of these removals or say cities and states are erasing their own history, and even those Black Americans who walk past these monuments everyday and think nothing of them, the tweet below after Jefferson Davis’s monument in New Orleans was removed says it all.
Simply put, Confederate statues are painful reminders of not just Black history, but the ugly history of America.
According to the Guardian, The memorials in the city include the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue, the Confederate Women’s Monument on West University Parkway, the Roger B Taney Monument on Mount Vernon Place, and the Robert E Lee and Thomas J “Stonewall” Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell.