Harriet Tubman

Baltimore artists, activists and educators ask what's next after removal of Confederate statues

Baltimore artists, activists and educators ask what's next after removal of Confederate statues

About 15 community members gathered in an old church space in Charles Village on Sunday to discuss Baltimore’s removal of three Confederate statues and what should take their spot.

“People definitely want to talk,” said Sheila Gaskins, an organizer with the group Artpartheid. “And they want to be heard.”

“I’m concentrating on Baltimore history,” said Kimberly Sheridan, a 57-year-old artist from Pigtown who’d brought a sketchbook of renderings for possible statues: one of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, perhaps, or some of the many local legal luminaries of the civil rights movement.

The removal of the statues is “not going to solve problems,” Sheridan said, “but...

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