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Public Hearing: Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments
December 15, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
On June 30, 2015, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the creation of a special commission to review all of Baltimore’s Confederate statues and historical assets. Under the request, Mayor Rawlings-Blake directed the special commission to launch a conversation about each of the different Confederate-era monuments and other historical assets and make recommendations for their future in Baltimore.
On September 4, 2015, the appointees to the Commission were announced. Mayor Rawlings-Blake selected four members from the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), and three members from the Baltimore City Public Arts Commission. There will also be a Mayoral staff representative on the Commission.
Over the next six months, the commission will conduct a thorough review of Confederate monuments on City-owned property including gathering research and soliciting public testimony. Based on the findings, the commission will issue a series of recommendations to the Mayor for the future of the monuments. The recommendations might include, but are not limited to, preservation, new signage, relocation, or removal.
Currently, there are four Confederate monuments on City property that are to be reviewed by the commission. They are: Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument located on Mount Royal Avenue near Mosher Street; Confederate Women’s of Maryland, located at Bishop Square Park; Roger B. Taney Monument, located on Mt. Vernon Place in North Park; and Lee & Jackson Monument, located in Wyman Park Dell.
The Commission wants to hear from Baltimore City residents about these monuments. Comments can be submitted in several ways: via mail, email, in a public hearing, or through the email form on the commission website. Learn more about how to contact the Commission.
This December hearing is intended to provide an opportunity for public comment and testimony. The exact amount of time for individuals who wish to testify has not yet been determined.
- Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments