"I thought that there's enough grandstanding, enough speeches being made; get it done," said Mayor Catherine Pugh about the removal of four Confederate monuments overnight. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun video)
The removal of Baltimore's Confederate statues was swift, materializing rather quickly over a three-day span. But the timeline that led to Wednesday's overnight action begins more than 24 months ago.
Wednesday's removal of four statues came one year to the day after a city commission issued a report on how to move forward with monuments to the Confederate era in Baltimore.
Here's a timeline looking back at the past two-plus years and what preceded Wednesday morning's action in Baltimore.
June 17, 2015 »Nine people are killed in an historic Charleston, S.C. church in a mass shooting carried out by a white male with a racist motive. The incident leads to renewed discussions surrounding the use of the Confederate flag in public places.
June 22, 2015 » Leaders in Baltimore and Baltimore County say they want to rename Robert E. Lee Park.
Sept. 28, 2015 » Robert E. Lee Park is renamed for Lake Roland by Baltimore County, which operates the park — which is owned by the city.
Dec. 11, 2015 » The University System of Maryland Board of Regents vote to rename Byrd Stadium in College Park. The Terps' football stadium would be renamed "Maryland Stadium." The stadium was named for Harry C. "Curley" Byrd, a former university president who opposed racial integration.
Jan. 14, 2016 » The city commission recommends removing two of the statues studied — the Roger B. Taney Monument on Mount Vernon Place and the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell.
Sept. 14, 2016 » Rawlings-Blake — not seeking re-election for office, and with her term ending in just a few months — calls for installing "interpretive signage" to add context to statues in the city while considering what to do next.
Aug. 12, 2017 » A woman is killed in Charlottesville, Va., during a white supremacist rally surrounding the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee monument. A rally is held in Baltimore to show solidarity.