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Crews removed Confederate monuments in Baltimore overnight


Just days after Councilman Brandon Scott announced that he was calling for the "destruction" of all Confederate monuments in Baltimore, all of the monuments have come down, our affiliate WBFF reported.

Private contractors, city officials and a few onlookers were on the site of the Lee-Jackson monument as it was being taken down overnight into early Wednesday. The preparation began around midnight and by 3:00 a.m. FOX45 crews confirmed that all of the four monuments had been removed. Baltimore's Confederate monuments included Robert E. Lee and Thomas. J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monument in Wyman Park, Roger B. Taney in Mount Vernon, Confederate Women’s Monument in Bishop Park and Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue. The bases of the monuments are all that remain.

Crews on at the site of the Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee Monument in Wyman Park say, Mayor Catherine Pugh looked on as the monument was lifted from its base.

Pugh's predecessor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake appointed a commission last year to determine what should happen to the monuments. The commission, made up by four members from the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) and three members from the Baltimore City Public Arts Commission, recommended that the Lee Jackson and Taney monument be removed, while the Confederate Woman's Monument and Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument be retained.

Pugh vowed to remove the statues during her campaign, and on Monday assured that all four would be removed. Pugh says that she has received interest from Confederate cemeteries as well as a university, however she has not announced definite plans for the monuments.

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