Following the deadly riots in Charlottesville, VA last Saturday, Baltimore city council has secretly voted to unanimously remove all Confederate statues in the city.
Baltimore’s four remaining Confederate statues were all removed overnight in wake of the increased racial tension in America.
After spending more than a year debating whether they should take the statues down, Baltimore City Council voted on Monday to remove the remaining Confederate statues.
According to HuffPost, city crews began the removal process at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday and finished around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The decision to remove the statues comes after more than 1000 people gathered in Baltimore streets on Saturday to protest the Confederate statues following the deadly riots in Charlottesville on Saturday.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said the city moved “as quickly as we could” to get rid of the monuments.
“It’s done,” Pugh told the Sun. “They needed to come down. My concern is for the safety and security of our people.”
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Following Baltimore’s removal of their confederate statues have other cities come forth with considerations on removing their own Confederate monuments. It’s reported that Memphis, Tennessee, Lexington, Kentucky, Jacksonville, Florida, and Washington, D.C. are also in talks of removing their confederate statues.
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles, announced on Tuesday that it plans to remove a monument honoring Confederate veterans.
The removal of the Confederate statues comes just hours after Donald Trump retracted his statements condemning white nationalists for the deadly riots in Charlottesville on Saturday.
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