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Workers removing one of four Confederate statues during the middle of the night in Baltimore yesterday. Photo: Alec MacGillis

Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues Under Cover of Night

Following the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh ordered the removal of four of the city’s Confederate monuments on Monday, which were carted away “quickly and quietly” last night, Nicholas Fandos and Russell Goldman of the New York Times report.

Pugh is the latest city official to relocate statues commemorating Confederate-era figures. The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, also announced on Monday that two public works would be taken down. Other politicians from across the nation, including the mayors of Gainesville, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Louisville, Kentucky, also responded to the alt-right rally—organized as a protest of the removal of a monument of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park—by denouncing racism, bigotry, and intolerance, and by calling for a review of the public artworks in their cities.

“For me, the statues represented pain, and not only did I want to protect my city from any more of that pain, I also wanted to protect my city from any of the violence that was occurring around the nation,” Pugh said. “We don’t need that in Baltimore.”

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