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Confederate monuments removed overnight in Baltimore

Posted August 16

— Crews removed four Confederate statues in Baltimore overnight and into early Wednesday morning.

Mayor Pugh addressed the decision after the Board of Estimates meeting.

The move comes after the city council voted unanimously Monday to remove the monuments following deadly violence at a racially charged rally in Charlottesville that left one woman dead.

The city's four monuments include the Roger B. Taney Monument in Mt. Vernon, the Confederate Women's Monument in north Baltimore, the Robert E. Lee and Thomas. J. "Stonewall" Jackson Monument at the Wyman Park Dell and the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Bolton Hill.

All four monuments have been removed.

Dozens of onlookers cheers as the statues came down throughout the city. Mayor Catherine Pugh was on hand at some of the scenes overnight. She vowed on Monday to "move forward with the removal of Baltimore City's confederate statues."

Councilman Brandon Scott took to Twitter praising Mayor Pugh's decision, saying "Thank you @MayorPugh50! Now we need to melt them down and use the materials to honor true Baltimore Heroes!"

Governor Larry Hogan also vowed to remove a statue of Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney that sits on the front lawn of the Maryland State House in Annapolis. Justice Taney wrote a decision to uphold slavery.

Hogan issued a statement Tuesday saying he believes removing the statue is the right thing to do.

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