Baltimore mayor to consider removing Confederate monuments

Catherine Pugh told the Baltimore Sun the city could save money by auctioning off the monuments. The mayor of New Orleans did the right thing, and he defended it eloquently.

Her remark comes just a week after New Orleans removed its fourth and final Confederate monument. She said the city will take a "closer look about how we go about following in the footsteps of New Orleans".

"To literally put the Confederacy on a pedestal in our more prominent places - in honor - is an inaccurate recitation of our full past, is an affront to our present and it is a bad prescription for our future", he said.

In some states, partisan feelings over the removal of the New Orleans statues has run high.

If and when Baltimore does remove its Confederate monuments, Pugh floated the idea of selling the statues as a way to help pay for the cost of their removal.

Landrieu explained in his speech that the monuments to Confederate leaders such as Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.G.T. Beauregard were erected as part of "The Cult of the Lost Cause", whose goal was "to rewrite history to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity". "Stonewall" Jackson Monument, all in the city of Baltimore.

The commission recommended getting rid of the monuments of Taney, and Lee and Jackson.

As Supreme Court chief justice, Taney led the infamous Dred Scott decision a few years before the Civil War. But there is nothing wrong with removing monuments that were meant to honor and celebrate something that we know was wrong.

The previous mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, ordered the placement of interpretive plaques at the monuments.

  • Audrey Hill