Mayor Catherine Pugh decided to take down all the Confederate monuments down in Baltimore, Maryland. She made an effort to remove the monuments quietly and quickly to avoid and chaos within the city, unlike the Charlottesville rally.
Pugh said crews removed the monuments unannounced between 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. A group of protesters had pledged to tear down a monument to Lee and fellow Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson at Wyman Park Dell near the Johns Hopkins University themselves on Wednesday if the city did not.
They needed to come down,” Pugh said. “My concern is for the safety and security of our people.”
The threats from the protesters are probably a motivating factor for the decision to go in effect as abruptly as it did. Regardless, the monuments have been taken down, the city has not protested violently and the Mayor’s mission was successfully accomplished.