Confederate statues in Baltimore under review

Posted at 6:03 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 18:03:23-04

The Charleston church shooting in June renewed the debate over confederate symbols in the United States.  Now, Baltimore is joining that conversation.  

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake appointed a commission to review  the Confederate statues on city owned property.

The commission will hold four public meeting to address the background, context, options and recommendations for each statue.

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Commission chair Dr. Aaron Bryant works as a curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Reviewing our past will help define our future, he said.

"People are finding a way to not just connect to their communities, but to connect to their past and find those linkages between past, present and future," Bryant said. "So I think the mayor is thinking in terms of the future; 'What impact will the presence of the Confederacy in Baltimore have on future generations?'"

After six months of work, the commission will present their recommendations to Rawlings-Blake.  Each statue will be placed in one one four categories: staying in the city's collection, stating in the collection with conditions, being relocated or removed from the city's collection.

There are four Confederate monuments on City property that are to be reviewed by the commission. They are the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument located on Mount Royal Avenue near Mosher Street; Confederate Women's of Maryland, located at Bishop Square Park; Roger B. Taney Monument, located on Mt. Vernon Place in North Park; and Lee & Jackson Monument, located in Wyman Park Dell.

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