Crews removed Baltimore’s four Confederate monuments quickly and quietly in the dark of night.
…On Monday night, the City Council cited events in Charlottesville, Virginia, when it adopted a resolution calling for the immediate destruction of Confederate monuments.
The mayor said the City Charter gives her the authority to act as a matter of public safety. …Local protesters vowed on Sunday to tear down the Lee and Jackson statue if the city didn’t act. The mayor said there are more appropriate places to put the statues,
“There are Confederate cemeteries here in Maryland. There are Confederate cemeteries all across the nation where people have inquired about them.”
…The mayor suggests plaques take the place of the statues to explain what used to be there and why they were removed.
…[Mayor Pugh] said removal began around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and ended around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, and she watched the process in person. The monuments have been taken somewhere outside the city, but it was not specified where.
The mayor did not get permission from the Maryland Historical Trust to remove three of the statues; however, under the circumstances, the trust said it will work with the city to relocate the statues and restore the sites.
nicely done, Baltimore