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Removal Of Confederate Monuments Draws Criticism

August 24th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

In his freewheeling remarks Tuesday night at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, President Donald Trump briefly touched on what he called "weak leaders" who have taken down Confederate monuments, apparently referencing the removals of several such monuments in Maryland. Last week, Baltimore's Democratic mayor, Catherine Pugh orchestrated the removal of the city's four Confederate-linked monuments. Later the same week, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic House Speaker Michael Busch voted with the chairman of the board of trustees for the Maryland Historical Trust to remove a statue of Chief Justice Roger Taney (the author of the Dred Scott decision) from the State House grounds. In all these cases, removals were carried out overnight. Locally, Ed Taylor, President of the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization, says he hopes to see area elected officials take action to prohibit such actions…

 

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