BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Former lieutenant governor and current Maryland congressman Anthony Brown commemorated the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam with a call to remove a Robert E. Lee statue from Antietam National Battlefield.

The National Park Service-protected battlefield is in Sharpsburg, Maryland.

“Public land should not be home to symbols of hate and bigotry that memorialize leaders of the pro-slavery, traitorous Confederate South,” Brown said in a statement.

“Statues and monuments ought to celebrate the brave individuals who have fought and died for our country and true American values. The statue of Lee commemorates a man that owned and beat African Americans, and fought to preserve the institution of slavery. The statue is historically inaccurate and offensive, and I am looking forward to its timely removal.”

Brown’s introduction of the Robert E. Lee Statue Removal Act comes after weeks of similar statue and monument removals across the country, including locally in Baltimore, Annapolis and Ellicott City.

Those were in the wake of a demonstration that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia in early August. A group of white nationalists gathered in the central Virginia city to protest plans to remove a Lee statue in a park there.

Things turned bloody when 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car through a group of counter-demonstrators.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed as she crossed the street. Several more people were injured.

According to Brown’s release, the 24-foot Lee statue at Antietam was dedicated in 2003, 138 years after the end of the Civil War. Though it was commissioned and placed by a private citizen on private land, the National Park Service acquired the property in 2005, making the plot the statue rests on federally-owned.

Rep. John K. Delaney and Rep. Jamie Raskin are co-sponsoring the bill.

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Comments (7)
  1. First they say the Confederate Flag belongs in a museum. Now they say it doesn’t belong at a battle field? Brown you got it all wrong. Lee and the south was not fighting to preserve slavery. Lincoln said so over and over. The north was fighting to preserve the union. The south was fighting for their country.

  2. My suggestion to you Anthony Brown and to whomever else is offended by monuments at the Antietam Battlefields is this … stay away, don’t come visit our community. If coming here to Sharpsburg is physically out of your way, why come here, why go out of your to stir up trouble? The majority of the local people here are content with what we see everyday, not all like it, not all hate it, we’re for the most part open minded and realize history is what it is, it’s HISTORY. We’re content with the history that surrounds us, be it good or bad, we’ve built on the good and learned from the bad, we’ve learned not to repeat the bad. I also ask you Mr. Brown to research your last name, and then tell us at what point you plan on changing it, when sir will you do away with your last name as I’m 99.9% sure it comes from a past that included some of whom owned slaves themselves. What sir do you do with the cash in your pocket if it has a face that was once associated with slavery? I’ll go as far to ask, Mr. Brown why do you serve a government that once accepted slavery? Why do you live in a country that once supported slavery? If the mere site of a monument offends you, how can you go on with everything else that surrounds you that at some point in time, long, long ago was associated with slavery? Why not look at the dark side of history and accept that there’s a race or two, or three, or more that OVERCAME the darkest of times? These races overcame, worked hard and prospered, they’ve had individuals go on to be leaders and pillars in this nation … be PROUD of the accomplishments. We can’t take back or undo what happened 150 years ago, but we can build upon it, we can learn from it, why not attempt to educate more, instead of stirring trouble? Mr. Brown I invite you to our community to ask those that live here what they think, put it to a vote for the citizens of South Washington County Maryland. Lets be fair, don’t go behind the scenes and plot to disrupt the lives of those that don’t bother you. And, if by chance the vote is to remove the statue, then lets have a plan for where it goes next. Lets do this in a proper, respectful way. After all, you wouldn’t want me or anyone else in your neighborhood just taking away things that don’t belong to us, things that may or may not offend us … or would you?

  3. Outstanding…..remove all statues. Erase all history of this country. There….happy now you no good, leftwing. Jump off of a roof top next. Do us all a favor

  4. Paul Miller says:

    I’m a Yankee. Brown, you’re an A—–E.

  5. John Grey says:

    They have taken 4 of our largest monuments down here in New Orleans. Now they are after Andrew Jackson and the WWI monument. These Marxists will not stop. They only know force.

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