Mayor Wants Conversation on Future of Confederate Statues

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Confederate Women of Maryland monument, one of several Confederate symbols in Baltimore.
Confederate Women of Maryland monument, one of several Confederate symbols in Baltimore.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake put the future of Baltimore’s Confederate statues in the hands of a commission. The mayor said she is aiming to get the public involved in the conversation surrounding the statues.

The commission is tasked with making recommendations about the future, which might include “preservation, new signage, relocation, or removal,” among other options, according to a statement from the mayor’s office.

While the nationwide debate sparked by the horrific murders in Charleston rages and already made their intentions known by spraypainting a statue with “Black Lives Matter,” SRB said she is taking a slower approach.

“I believe it is important for us to take a thoughtful, reasoned approach to these Confederate-era monuments, rather than rush to simply ‘tear them down’ or ‘keep them up’ in the heat of the moment,” Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.

 

 

 



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  1. These statues are works of art and many depict former Baltimoreans. The Confederate flag is a symbol of racism and treason. Another thing altogether. History depicted in art should be preserved. if you must move a statue, please re-locate or sell that terrible monstrosity at Penn Station. Just sayin’….

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