Baltimore mayor exploring removal of Confederate statues

Posted at 6:08 AM, May 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-29 12:28:05-04

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says she wants to explore removing the city's Confederate monuments. 

The move follows the foot steps of New Orleans, which has recently removed three prominent Confederate statues and a monument heralding white supremacy. 

A commission appointed by the previous mayor recommended removing a monument to Marylander Roger B. Taney, the Supreme Court justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision denying citizenship to African-Americans, as well as a statue of two Virginians - the Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson.

Former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recommended relocating two of the four statues in question. Due to a lack of funding, the monuments remained. 


The Associated Press contributed to this report.