And there they go. Lee and Jackson sailing through air onto flatbed truck in Baltimore at 3:40 AM. An amazing sight. pic.twitter.com/4SzRYRiVOB
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) August 16, 2017
Baltimore took quick action after showing its hand, removing Confederate statues across the city in the early morning hours of Wednesday morning, just one day after voting on the issue.
A lot of areas could take notes from Baltimore: No sitting around twiddling thumbs, waiting on God-knows-what. The city voted for the loser trophies to come down, and they came down.
But I digress.
According to the New York Times, shortly after midnight Wednesday, a crew armed with a large crane along with a group of police officers began going around the city’s parks and public squares, tearing the statues from their pedestals one by one (in what must have been a glorious sight to see) and removing them from view.
As the site notes, Baynard Woods, the editor at large of the Baltimore City Paper gave a play by play about the removal of the four statues on Twitter, describing the mood as “celebratory”as small crowds gathered to watch the process.
“The police are being cheerful and encouraging people to take photos and selfies,” Woods told the Times.
Activists atop the Lee Jackson statue base. pic.twitter.com/IHbFtVQ81w
— Baynard Woods (@baynardwoods) August 16, 2017
courtesy of theroot.com