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    Confederate Memorial Removed From Outside Maryland Circuit Court

    Confederate Memorial Removed From Outside Maryland Circuit Court

    “It has become increasingly clear in recent weeks that memorials such as this are hurtful to many residents in our community and elsewhere.”

    We’ve been following the Confederate removal mania since the Charlottesville riot. Maryland is the latest to join the party.

    In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, a Confederate monument was removed from outside the Circuit Court in Ellicott City and donated to museum.

    Howard Country Executive Allan H. Kittleman documented the removed on his official Facebook page:

    Moments ago, the Confederate memorial located outside the Howard County Circuit Courthouse in Ellicott City was removed and will be donated to a local museum. I ordered the removal of the memorial late Monday after completing the historic review process. I filed a request with the Historic Preservation Commission to take this step on Aug. 16 but the process required a five-day public notice period before a decision could be rendered. Immediately after receiving approval, I took steps to remove the memorial.

    It has become increasingly clear in recent weeks that memorials such as this are hurtful to many residents in our community and elsewhere. Given these feelings and the tragedy in Charlottesville, I felt compelled to remove this memorial from public property.

    I believe the more appropriate place for the memorial is in a local museum, along with other artifacts and information on the Civil War. Preservation Howard County, an organization dedicated to saving Howard County’s rich history, supports moving the memorial to a museum. County Council Chair Jon Weinstein encouraged the Howard County Historical Society to add the memorial to its Civil War collection.

    We cannot and should not erase the past. We must learn from it. A museum offers context for us and for future generations to better understand our shared history.

    Council Chair Weinstein says removing the memorial will affirm the county’s commitment to ensuring public spaces are open and comfortable to all citizens and visitors. And, he says, the events last week in Charlottesville, renewed the urgency in removing the memorial.

    “We can’t forget that this symbol and symbols like this represent hate and cause many people pain,” said Weinstein. “The monument is not representative of who we are as a community today and does not belong on grounds of a building that represents justice.”

    According to Maryland Historical Trust records, the memorial was dedicated on September 23, 1948, at a time when Howard County had a commissioner form of government. Howard County Circuit Court Judge William Henry Forsythe Jr., whose father’s name is on the memorial, appears to have been responsible for accepting and placing the memorial on the grounds of the court house. No county officials played a role in the dedication.

    Video of the monuments removal:

    We’ve been covering the revisionist resurgence, now emboldened by the Charlottesville protests as they attempt to erase this country’s past to sate the feelings of the ignorant.


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    Fiftycaltx | August 22, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    I feel “triggered” by catholic churches. They offend me. Take them all down.

    Richard | August 22, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Unfortunately our choice of representative in Maryland is either a left-wing democrat or a democrat-lite (aka republican). Both Governor Hogan and Howard County Executive Kittleman have shown that they have no backbone by supporting the removal of the statue of Supreme Court Justice Taney in Annapolis and the confederate monument in Howard County. I have lived in Howard County for 42 years and have gone to the Court House a number of times and I had no idea that there was a confederate monument there. I assume that most of the people in Howard County also did not know of its existence. It appears that both Hogan and Kittleman think that they must kowtow to the left-wing mobs in order to get re-elected. This has not been a profile in courage on their part. They should be ashamed of their lack of leadership, but of course they wont be.

    CZ75Compact | August 23, 2017 at 6:20 am

    What’s with all the Rebel statuary in states that were not members of the Confederacy?

      MarkJ in reply to CZ75Compact. | August 23, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Well, for starters, there are quite a few memorials to Confederate troops who died in Federal POW camps. The town where I live in Indiana was used as a POW internment center and transit point between 1862-1865. During that time over a dozen Confederates (mostl Tennesseans) died here from various causes and were subsequentl buried in a local cemetery where they remain today. A large granite marker was erected in their memory (as well as to the memory of Federal troops who also died in an 1864 train wreck) in 1998.

      If these statue-removing idiots start trying to desecrate or dig up war graves, then they’d better stand by for a world of hurt from p*ssed off descendants. Screwing with folks’ honorable ancestors is a quick route to having them get medieval on your a**.

    Twanger | August 23, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Now we see a “Peace Statue” destroyed in Atlanta, and a Christopher Columbus statue destroyed, because obviously he was a slave owner… Ghads.
    The idiots are simply off the rails. No reason. No brains. All hate and violence.

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    Semper Why | August 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I’m only mildly annoyed at this. They removed the statue by vote of the elected representatives. That’s the way it should be done. I think it’s a poor decision in the abstract, but I’m not a Maryland resident and if Maryland wants to erase the icky parts of their own history, so be it.

    The mobs pulling down statues or a handful of pissed off activists deciding that a statue has to come down right now by their own hands… too far. If you can’t convince others to agree with you, you don’t get to decide for them because of your feelz.

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