Following the decision by New Orleans leaders to remove a Confederate statue, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is contemplating the same actions.
“The city does want to remove these,” Pugh said in a statement. “We will take a closer look at how we go about following in the footsteps of New Orleans.”
There are several Confederate statues in Baltimore, including monuments of Stonewall Jackson, Roger Taney and Robert E. Lee. Taney, a Supreme Court justice, ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that African-Americans were inferior and could not be considered U.S. citizens.In 2016, former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake added plaques in front of the statues, saying they were “part of a propaganda campaign of national pro-Confederate organization to perpetuate the beliefs of white supremacy, falsify history and support segregation and racial intimidation.”
The same year, a Baltimore commission advocated for the removal of three statues and two others to have signs added to them.
Pugh told The Baltimore Sun, “New Orleans has taken on this issue. It costs about $200,000 a statute to tear them down. … Maybe we can auction them?”
Amid protests last month, New Orleans officials removed a total of four Confederate statutes. Some residents accused the city of erasing history. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu fought back by slamming those critics. He asked them how he could possibly explain to every black child why Confederate statues are in the city.