Once the monuments are gone, the hard work begins for cities

In the late-night and early-morning hours of August 15 and August 16, 2017, crews in Baltimore removed four Confederate-linked monuments across the city. The sight of tiki torch-wielding neo-Nazis marching through Charlottesville, Va., only three days before stirred Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and city leaders to act decisively on an issue they had debated for several years. The monuments were hoisted from public display and onto trucks headed to an undisclosed location.  

Baltimore wasn’t the only city to act boldly in Charlottesville’s aftermath. Leaders in cities including Lexington, Ky; Kansas City; and Austin removed or relocated Confederate statues and memorials. Other city leaders condemned the rally and espoused the importance of diversity in their communities. Over 300…

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