Confederate monuments taken down in Baltimore overnight

The Confederate Women’s Monument sits on a flat bed truck after it was removed by workers from its location on on West University Parkway in North Baltimore. (Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun)

Confederate statues in Baltimore were removed from their concrete bases overnight, as crews using heavy machinery loaded them onto flat bed trucks and hauled them away.

The action comes after Baltimore City Council approved a plan Monday night to remove four statues linked to the Confederacy from public spaces in the city, after a national conversation began following a deadly act of terror during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed crews removing the Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson monument from Wyman Park Dell early Wednesday morning.

Other statues being removed included the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue, the Confederate Women’s Monument on West University Parkway and the Roger B. Taney Monument on Mount Vernon Place.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday said the long-debated statue to Taney — the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who ruled in the Dred Scott case — at the State House in Annapolis should come down.

This story will be updated.

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