Southern Poverty Law Center

One year since Baltimore's Confederate monuments were removed in the night, the issues they raised remain

One year since Baltimore's Confederate monuments were removed in the night, the issues they raised remain

Mark Martindale has a favorite path through Wyman Park Dell, up and down sloping walkways, under the canopy of huge old trees and into the clearing where, until a year ago, stood a statue of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

“From an artistic standpoint, I miss it,” said Martindale, 54, who lives in Charles Village. “The double equestrians, the horses, they were magnificent.

“But I don’t miss the racism it represented.”

Overnight one year ago, as most of Baltimore slept, crews working for the city took down three memorials to the Confederacy and a statue of Roger B. Taney, the Supreme Court justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision that upheld...

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