A Baltimore City task force recommended the removal of two Confederate monuments. If the mayor signs off, the action would result in half of the city’s Confederate monuments being removed.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the task force recommended the removal of a statue depicting Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in the Wyman Park Dell, and a monument showing Roger Taney on Mount Vernon Place.
Lee and Jackson are Confederate generals, and commission members said the statue should be offered to a park in Chancellorsville, Va., where the generals last met. The statue was previously the sight of anti-racist art installation, which was later defaced after being moved.
Taney is the Supreme Court Justice who authored the 1857 Dred Scott Decision, which said African Americans could not citizens, even if they were free. There is also a statue of Taney at Maryland’s State House.
The two monuments that would be kept under the plan are the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mt. Royal Ave., and the Confederate Women of Maryland Monument on W. University Parkway.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will have final say about whether the monuments will be removed. She created the task force last year as the debate about whether Confederate symbols had a place in modern society. Robert E. Lee Park in Baltimore County has already been renamed as part of a similar effort.
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