RAW: Confederate statue in Baltimore removed

Posted at 7:41 AM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 07:41:53-04

BALTIMORE (RNN/CNN) – At least two Confederate statues in Baltimore were removed early Wednesday morning.

Crews removed both the Lee and Jackson Monument in Wyman Park and the Roger Taney statue in Mount Vernon.

The former was removed around 3 a.m., according to WBAL, while the latter was removed prior to 2:30 a.m.

The Lee and Jackson Monument was a double equestrian statue of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, depicting a meeting between the two before the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863.

The Taney statue depicted Roger B. Taney, the fifth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Taney delivered the majority opinion in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), which ruled black people could not be considered U.S. citizens.

Video posted on social media showed cranes slowly lowering the monuments from their perches.

Following the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA, Saturday, the Baltimore City Council voted unanimously Monday to immediately remove four Confederate monuments.

It’s not known where the monuments removed Wednesday were taken.

Mayor Catherine Pugh told WBAL she had contacted the Maryland Historical Trust for permission to remove the statues and identified Confederate cemeteries to send some of them to.

The remaining Confederate monuments in Baltimore include a Confederate women’s monument in Bishop Square Park and a monument for soldiers and sailors on Mount Royal Avenue.

Baltimore City Council’s decision comes as several cities and states are considering taking down Confederate monuments, following the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer in Charlottesville.

The Southern Poverty Law Center last year catalogued 718 Confederate monuments and statues. It is said about 300 of them are in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

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