Confederate monuments removed in Baltimore amid U.S. tensions

Lester Mason
August 17, 2017

Debate over removing Confederate icons has been simmering in the United States for years as the country examines its complicated racial past.

"My first responsibility as governor is to protect North Carolinians and keep them safe", Cooper said in an online post.

The violence in Charlottesville has put a new spotlight on Confederate symbols around the nation.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center there are still more than 1,500 relics of the Confederacy displayed in the United States.

Rep. Chaz Beasley said decisions about monuments on local government property should be left to local officials. Here's a state-by-state breakdown.

Baltimore removed Confederate statues in the hours before dawn Wednesday. The removal is on hold pending litigation. On Monday in Gainesville, Florida, workers finished removing a statue that was meant to remember locals who lost their lives in the Civil War. The statue sat outside the Alachua County Administration building for more than 100 years.

And in Kentucky, a rally is expected Wednesday to call for the removal of a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis at the Capitol, the Courier Journal reported.

Confederate monuments have been removed overnight in Baltimore.

The monuments were erected decades after the end of the Civil War.

"Memorial service today for lovely and incredible Heather Heyer, a truly special young woman", Trump said. The protest was held in response to the Charlottesville violence. "I'm angry and very sad at the same time".

"I think these monuments are of historical significance", he said. Our children and our grandchildren are entitled to the whole truth about history, and we deserve more than a hastily-made decision on this matter.

Among the statues removed was a Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson monument from Wyman Park Dell, which was dedicated in 1948.

DC: Confederate monuments were removed overnight in Baltimore, Maryland, and other USA cities as a campaign to erase symbols of the pro-slavery Civil War South gathered momentum across the United States.

"We need to settle down, get our parties to the table to find a solution to work it out for the good of our state", he said.

Monday, the city council unanimously voted to deconstruct the statues. Councilmen Roberto Treviño and William "Cruz" Shaw jointly filed a consideration to relocate the monument where it could be used in an "educational context".

"I wanted them out of the City", she said.

"It'd be super poetic to replace the statue of Chief Justice Taney with Justice Marshall", he said. Brandon Scott told As It Happens guest host Mike Finnerty. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed asked the public art commission to review the city's art and determine which pieces have ties to racism and slavery, but hasn't asked to remove any.

Birmingham, Alabama Mayor William Bell has announced that he has ordered a 52-ft Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument to be covered with plastic and plywood in the city's Linn Park.

The state attorney general, meanwhile, argues covering up the 1905 monument violates a new law that prohibits the removal of historical structures. He said he and about a dozen others looked on as the crew worked.

The organization Coalition of Friends/Tubman House, which had helped to plan a "Do It Like Durham" event for Wednesday using the tagline, "Let's tear down white supremacy and hate", says it canceled the event after the statues were removed. "And the potential for those same white supremacist elements we saw in Charlottesville to swarm the site, weapons in hand, in retaliation is a threat to public safety".

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