Between midnight and 3 a.m., four Confederate statues were taken down in multiple locations in Baltimore while satisfied spectators looked on.
The city of Baltimore is no stranger to drastically altering the city by way of a middle of the night operation. The first time the city performed an overnight move was in 1984 when the Baltimore Colts packed up and left for Indianapolis, devastating the entire state of Maryland.
However, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, city officials once again participated in a middle of the night move, this time for good.
The first statue to go was of Supreme Court Chief Roger Taney in Mount Vernon. Taney notably authored the Supreme Court Dred Scott decision which ruled Black people were not considered American citizens and the federal government couldn’t regulate slavery.
Soon after, removal crews began taking down monuments to Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas. J. “Stonewall” Jackson, WBAL reported. The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the Confederate Women’s Monument were also removed.
Councilman Brandon M. Scott told NBC News he would like the statues to be melted down and “re-purposed to honor true American heroes.” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday also called for removing a Taney statue from state house grounds.