Good Riddance: Baltimore Doesn't Spare Time Removing Confederate Monuments

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says he cannot sit on a council for a President that tolerates bigotry

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says he cannot sit on a council for a President that tolerates bigotry

Workers load statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson on a flatbed truck in the early hours of August 16, 2017, in Baltimore, Md.

There is no indication of how quickly the statue will be removed.

Two statues were taken down immediately, in Gainesville, Florida, where the Daughters of the Confederacy removed a statue of a Confederate soldier known as "Ole Joe", and in Durham, North Carolina, where protesters used a rope to pull down a Confederate monument dedicated in 1924.

A protest over the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville turned deadly when Heather Heyer was rammed into by a motorist.

"Now we need to melt them down and use the materials to honour true Baltimore heroes", he posted on Twitter after the monuments had been removed.

There's a portrait of General Robert E. Lee wearing his Confederate uniform in the Lee County commission chambers. "Stonewall" Jackson Monument, a double equestrian statue of the Confederate generals erected in 1948; the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, erected in 1903; and the Roger B. Taney Monument, erected in 1887.

The swift action that took place in Baltimore came just hours after the city voted to remove the monuments on Tuesday. Furthermore, 718 Confederate monuments and statues remain across the country.

A woman died and several more people were left injured on Saturday when a pre-planned "Unite the Right" rally erupted into violence, with white supremacist protesters clashing with counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. "Stonewall" Jackson, according to WBAL.

The mayor said she's been working on removing the statues for months. In Baltimore and Jacksonville, Fla., in Memphis and Lexington, Ky., local leaders acted to begin getting rid of these long-standing landmarks.

During the Civil War, Richmond served as the capital of the Confederacy.

Pugh said that she did not anticipate a legal challenge but that the city would fight any lawsuit that was filed.

US President Donald Trump says it's "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart" with the removal of Confederate statues and monuments around the country.

Senator Cory Booker on Wednesday said he would introduce legislation to remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol building.

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