By Denise Koch

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s mayor says she wants to explore removing the city’s Confederate monuments.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh tells The Baltimore Sun that the “city does want to remove” the monuments. She said the city will take a “closer look about how we go about following in the footsteps of New Orleans.”

New Orleans recently removed three prominent Confederate statues and a monument heralding white supremacy.

A commission appointed by former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recommended that the city remove the Roger B. Taney Monument on Mount Vernon Place, and the Robert E. Lee and Thomas. J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell.

But Rawlings-Blake didn’t remove the statues, citing cost and logistical concerns.

Pugh says maybe the city can auction the monuments.

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Comments (8)
  1. This is the root of the problems in Baltimore City today. No leadership. The murder rate is skyrocketing, schools are failing miserably, even though the city spends $18,000 a student, and property taxes are through the roof. So what does the city concern itself with? removing statues!> How will that help the city? The first order of business this year was to pass a resolution condemning Trump. What a waste of time. The people at city Hall are clueless. They are more concerned with symbolism than substance.

    1. Alice Scott says:

      Could not agree with you more. This is just another politician trying to get noticed on the national stage by race baiting.

  2. It’s history, are you people racists?

  3. Maybe plaques telling the truth could be placed all around the monuments. Let the public know why these people are not to be revered.

    1. leave a plaque, isnt that what the last mayor did?? of course her plaque said something about hite supremacy. yet, lee didnt own slaves, and he and his wife actually taught blacks to read when it was against the law. and i can not find in any readings that jackson owned slaves

  4. Sue Keller says:

    Hmmm…. who else has attempted to rewrite history by removing statues, etc? Communist China. ISIS terrorists. Yeah, let’s be like them. Not.

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