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The Future Of Baltimore's Confederate Monuments: Should They Stay?

Dec 2, 2015

The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on West Mt. Royal Ave last June
Credit Kevin Rector

They are part of the city landscape that we almost never pay attention to. Bronze figures on horseback; austere men gazing over the horizon of history; monuments in parks and on thoroughfares that reflect the particular prism through which certain generations viewed the American story. Here in Baltimore, a commission established by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is considering what, if anything, should be done with four monuments that celebrate Confederate history.

Later this month, the commission will be holding a public hearing about the fate of these monuments, and this morning, Tom is joined by Aaron Bryant, a social and political historian who studies political history and visual culture. He is the chair of the commission. Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead is here as well. She’s a scholar of African American history who serves on the faculty of Loyola University of Maryland. Her latest book is called Letters to My Black Sons.

A public forum to discuss the confederate monuments will be held a week from Tuesday, December 15th, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Baltimore City Hall. 

This Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m., Baltimore Heritage is offering a free walking tour and discussion of several of the monuments that the commission is considering.