Baltimore mayor exploring removal of Confederate statues

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As for the city's Confederate monuments, he said while he realizing there are many in New Orleans, the four removed were put up for a specific message, and while they should be remembered, they should not be revered.

"The city does want to remove these", Catherine Pugh told reporters after a news conference on Friday.

As an instructor of history, I can say that the Confederacy was born not out of support for slavery but in response to a government in Washington that continually ignored the South and passed tariff laws (and others) that were downright punitive towards it.

New Orleans police officers stand guard at the Jefferson Davis monument on May 4, 2017 in New Orleans, Loiusiana. She directed that "interpretive signage" be added in front of the monuments.

"You name it", Pugh said of Baltimore's plans, "we've tackled it".

Pugh suggested one way to get rid of the statues, telling the Sun, "It costs about $200,000 a statute to tear them down".


The Roger B Taney Monument is located on Mount Vernon Place, while the Lee and Jackson monument is in Wyman Park Dell.

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

In a recent letter to the editor, a reader went off on a angry rant about the removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces.

Rawlings-Blake appointed the commission after the June 2015 fatal shootings of nine parishioners at a South Carolina African American church by a gunman who posted pictures of himself with the Confederate battle flag.

Dylann Roof has been convicted of the murders and sentenced to death.

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