Overnight crews began removing monuments around Baltimore honoring confederate generals.
The Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson monument at Wyman Park Dell was removed, as reported by WJZ.
Governor Larry Hogan called for the removal of a monument honoring Roger Brooke Taney. Taney was the fifth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, infamous for the Dred Scott decision of 1857 which stated that black people could not be U.S. citizens.
Governor Hogan's statement echoed similar sentiments from many lawmakers this week. He said,
“While we cannot hide from our history — nor should we — the time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapters of our history."
The removal of the monuments comes on the heels of a deadly rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville.