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‘It’s Done’: Baltimore Quietly Removed All 4 Of Its Confederate Statues In Overnight Operation

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‘It’s Done’: Baltimore Quietly Removed All 4 Of Its Confederate Statues In Overnight Operation




The city of Baltimore removed all four of its Confederate statues Tuesday night, just days after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia erupted into chaos and violence.

The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously Monday night, approving a measure to immediately take down the monuments after more than a year of indecision, reports the Huffington Post.

City crews began work removing them at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night and finished removing the last monument around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the city’s mayor, Catherine Pugh.

“It’s done,” Pugh told the Baltimore Sun Wednesday morning. “They needed to come down. My concern is for the safety and security of our people. We moved as quickly as we could.”



“The police are being cheerful and encouraging people to take photos and selfies,” Baynard Woods, the editor at large of The Baltimore City Paper, told The New York Times as he stood watch documenting the statues’ removal.

Baltimore’s decision to remove the monuments came in the wake of the deadly Charlottesville, Va., rally, where white supremacists, neo-Nazis and KKK groups gathered to protest the planned removal of a Confederate statue from a city park.

The event turned deadly when a white supremacists rammed his car into a crowd of counter protesters, killing one woman and leaving at least a dozen people injured.

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