Mayor Catherine Pugh didn’t follow governmental chain of command when she ordered several controversial Confederate statues be torn down this past August, according to the Maryland Historical Trust, which also acknowledged it’s still highly unlikely they’ll ever go back up in their original locations.
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In the wake of a nationwide push to remove public monuments to the Confederacy, which prompted Baltimore to take down three Confederate statues and a monument to former U.S. Chief Justice Roger B. Taney under cover of night, an elaborate monument to “The Star-Spangled Banner” author Francis Scott Key was vandalized in Bolton Hill.
Seeing his “Madre Luz” sculpture in shambles last month was difficult for artist Pablo Machioli. The day after Mayor Catherine Pugh had Baltimore’s controversial Confederate monuments removed, activists placed his work depicting a pregnant black woman, child on her back and fist raised, atop the empty base in the Wyman Park Dell that had held statues of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
Now that Baltimore has ripped out its controversial Confederate monuments, the city is soliciting ideas from the public for what should replace each statue on its vacant base.
With Baltimore’s Confederate memorials now gone, the political fight against Maryland’s commemorations of those who supported or advanced the Lost Cause has shifted to Annapolis.
Mayor Catherine Pugh knew she wanted to rid the city of its Confederate monuments, she says. She just wasn’t sure how, and how to time it.
Maryland’s Republican governor has switched sides in the debate over whether to remove a statue of Roger B. Taney from the State House in Annapolis.
Baltimore’s statues honoring the legacies of bygone Confederate soldiers and leaders must go, city lawmakers decided Monday evening.