Following the deadly violence in Charlottesville, several states have renewed efforts to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces.
In Kentucky, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced plans to move two Confederate statues from a public area near a historic courthouse. In Maryland, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh decided Tuesday to take down all monument under the cover of darkness for the “security and safety” of the city.
The great-great grandson of Gen. Robert E. Lee condemned the violence in Charlottesville, saying it might be “appropriate” for Confederate statues to be exhibited in a museum.
“Eventually, someone is going to have to make a decision, and if that’s the local lawmaker, so be it. But we have to be able to have that conversation without all of the hatred and the violence. And if they choose to take those statues down, fine,” Robert E. Lee V, 54, of Washington DC, told CNN.
According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), there are currently hundreds of monuments to the Confederate cause in America, located in 31 states. NTHP states that while some monuments were erected shortly after the war by grieving Southern families to honor the valor of fallen leaders and loved ones, many more were put in place to go hand-in-hand with the enforcement of Jim Crow-era laws. As such, a case-by-case review might be necessary to put each monument in full historical context.
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