Days after New Orleans officials removed a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, the last of four Confederate monuments the city promised to take down, Baltimores mayor said she would look to follow in the footsteps of The Big Easy.
In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, mayor Catherine Pugh said,The city does want to remove these. We will take a closer look at how we go about following in the footsteps of New Orleans.
Pughs predecessor,Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, originally commissioned a review of the citys Confederate monuments and an inquiry into how to remove them. She did not order for the removal of any of the statues, instead punting the decision to Pugh.
Before leaving office, the Baltimore Sun reported Rawlings-Blake placed signs in front of four Confederate monuments that called the statues part of a propaganda campaign of national pro-Confederate organizations.
Pughs decision to revive the citys inquiry into removing the statues will likely be met with protest. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) received death threats over his ruling to remove four statues. But in a speech some have heralded as historic, Landrieu doubled down on his commitment to removing statues that symbolize white supremacy.
These statues are not just stone and metal, Landrieu said before a crowd. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy, ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement and the terror that it actually stood for.
Watch the full speech here.
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