Baltimore Takes Down Robert E. Lee & Thomas J. Jackson Confederate Statues — PHOTOS
The campaign to remove Confederate statues in Charlottesville may be delayed thanks to the white supremacist violence over the weekend. But one neighbor to the north didn't wast any time in taking down its own shrines to the military generals who fought for the South. Baltimore removed its Robert Lee and Thomas Jackson statues in the early hours of Wednesday, and there are photos to prove it.
On Monday the city council voted unanimously to remove the city's four Confederate statues. In addition to the statues of army generals Lee and Jackson, the city had three more. One of the others was also taken down Wednesday, that of Roger B. Taney, the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote Dred Scott v. Sandford, which basically said it was okay to treat African Americans unequally given the prejudice at the time the Constitution was written. The two other monuments are for Confederate soldiers and sailors, and Confederate women.
What exactly will happen to the statues remained a point of contention on Monday night. Some on the council were for melting them down, given their role in supporting slavery. "We should melt them down and use them to erect statues of true heroes of Baltimore," Councilman Brandon Scott said. Others were pushing that they be moved to museums or Confederate cemeteries.
Whatever their ultimate fate may be, Lee and Jackson were very visibly taken down, with residents there to cheer on the process.
1) Cranes Took Them From Their Perches
Generals Lee and Jackson, brought down to earth by a crane at 3:10 AM, Baltimore. pic.twitter.com/kJMyirj1L6— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) August 16, 2017
The metal statues would have been too heavy to lift.
2) You Can See The Straps They Used
The two generals, seated on horses were lifted up together.
3) There Are Shots Of Them In The Air
And there they go. Lee and Jackson sailing through air onto flatbed truck in Baltimore at 3:40 AM. An amazing sight. pic.twitter.com/4SzRYRiVOB— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) August 16, 2017
This is when the crane is moving them onto the flatbed of the truck.
4) The Statues Were Taken Away On Trucks
At 3:40 AM in Baltimore, Confederate Statutes of Lee and Jackson were taken down with a crane and moved out of the city on flatbed trucks. pic.twitter.com/hKh5aueLex— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) August 16, 2017
Their ultimate destination is unclear.
5) People Applauded Their Removal
There was excitement amongst the crowd.
6) Others Were Struck By Their Lifelike Appearance
Gotta say, Lee and Jackson look pretty life-like in their final moments before the flatbed here in Baltimore. pic.twitter.com/IuL556K2Gd— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) August 16, 2017
At night you can see what they're talking about.
7) Their Visibility In The City Is Put To Bed
Lee and Jackson put to bed (of a truck) pic.twitter.com/sQOVhVbMRl— Baynard Woods (@baynardwoods) August 16, 2017
Police officers were present as the statues were trucked away.
8) It's About Time They Go
The initial recommendation to remove them came more than a year ago.
9) More Confederate Monuments Were Set To Go Wednesday Too
It didn't end with Lee and Jackson
10) Some Of Them Were Seen Strapped In Too
11) Baltimore Residents Took The Statues' Place
They're taking back the space from the Confederate symbolism. And it might not just end at statues. One of the council members brought up other things in Baltimore that are named after historical figures with problematic views.
Are we prepared to go beyond these statues?” Councilman Leon Pinkett asked at Monday's meeting. “I’m just saying if we’re going to do this, we need to be prepared to go all the way.” This was the first step.