WASHINGTON — A new commission in Baltimore will soon review Baltimore’s Confederate statues as a nationwide debate continues following the recent shooting that killed nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced on Tuesday the special commission will make recommendations for each of the Confederate-era monuments and other historical assets.
Their suggestions might include, preservation, new signage, relocation or removal.
“I believe it is important for us to take a thoughtful, reasoned approach to these Confederate-era monuments, rather than rush to simply ‘tear them down’ or ‘keep them up’ in the heat of the moment,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. “A special commission, under the guidance and direction of CHAP and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, will take the time to thoroughly research the background and significance of each of these items and make a recommendation that recognizes and respects the history that we need future generations to understand.”
The panel will include members of the Baltimore City Commission For Historical & Architectural Preservation (CHAP) and the Baltimore Public Art Commission.
Rawlings-Blake said she expects the commission to seek input from independent experts in history, art, culture and race in the city’s history, as well as representatives of the community.
The commission will also invite public input, possibly through public hearings or a one-day symposium on monuments.
Rawlings-Blake said once the commission is selected, she will ask that it report its recommendations within six months.
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