Statues dedicated to Confederate heroes were swiftly removed across Baltimore in the early hours of Wednesday morning, just days after violence broke out over the removal of a similar monument in neighboring Virginia.
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- Just after midnight on Wednesday, a crew, which included a large crane and a contingent of police officers, began making rounds of the city’s parks and public squares, tearing the monuments from their pedestals and carting them out of town.
- Small crowds gathered at each of the monuments and the mood was “celebratory.
- The statues were taken down by order of Mayor Catherine Pugh, after the City Council voted on Monday for their removal. The city had been studying the issue since 2015, when a mass shooting by a white supremacist at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., prompted a renewed debate across the South over removing Confederate monuments and battle flags from public spaces.