Pugh removes Confederate monuments, public opinions differ

Posted at 11:20 PM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 08:17:01-04

All four of Baltimore City's Confederate monuments were taken down in the darkness Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Mayor Catherine Pugh announced this week that she would remove them and she did, "quickly and quietly."

"I'm wondering about the next steps. I don't get too happy about the removal of statues, I want to see a change in policy, I want to see a change in practices, I want to see a tearing down of the vestige of white supremacy," said Wise-Whitehead.

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But for people like John Zebelean, these monuments are not symbols of hate or racism.

"They were symbols of a memorial to men who fought in a war. You look at the Confederate monument and that's exactly what that is," Zebelean said.

Zebelean is part of the Sons of the Confederacy and is disappointed over the mayor's decision.

"I find the taking down of veterans' monuments to be repugnant I'm certainly not in favor of that," he said.

He doesn't believe the monuments removal will make a difference.

"I don't think it's going to prevent the death of one young man in the city of Baltimore now that the monuments are gone."

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"I think any city that has Confederate statues are concerned about violence occurring in their city, and I just think that Baltimore right in the midst of getting the consent decree completed, this is not something that is needed," Mayor Catherine Pugh said.

The fate of the monuments is unclear right now. The Maryland Historic Trust said even though proper protocol wasn't followed, it will work with the city on relocation and restoration.