Confederate memorial taken down overnight in Ellicott City

ELLICOTT CITY, MD (WUSA9) - A confederate memorial was removed overnight from the outside of the Circuit Courthouse in Ellicott City, Maryland a week after several confederate statues were removed overnight in Baltimore. 

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Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittle said in a post on Facebook that these memorials belong in a museum and that's where it is being donated. 

"The more appropriate place for the memorial is in a museum, along with other artifacts and information on the Civil War," he said. 

Kittleman ordered the removal of the memorial late Monday after completing the historic review process. He filed a request with the Historic Preservation Comission to take this step on Aug. 16.

The process requires a five-day public notice period before a decision could be made. Immediately, after it was approved Kittleman took the steps to have the memorial removed. 

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

According to the Maryland Historical Trust records, the memorial was dedicated on September 23, 1948. Howard County Circuit Court Judge William Henry Forsythe Jr.'s father's name is on the memorial. He appears to have been responsible for accepting and placing the memorial on the grounds of the courthouse. 

In Baltimore at the Wyman Park, Robert E. Lee and Thomas Stonewall statues were removed. Also removed was a monument to The Confederate Women's Monument on West University Parkway, The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue, and the Roger B . Taney Monument, on Mount Vernon Place.

 

 

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