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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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They do like their privacy exercised at the twilight fringe.

So this whole thing is turning into a race between the fascistic left and the surrender-monkeys.

The only thing not quite clear is just where the finish line is.

Howard Country Executive Allan H. Kittleman
It has become increasingly clear in recent weeks that memorials such as this are hurtful to many residents in our community and elsewhere.

What’s really clear is how badly they’re taking the loss in the election because there sure wasn’t any whining abou the statues the last 8 years.
And it’s also really clear how far they’re willing to go to overturn the freedoms of this country.

It’s very considerate of them to provide so many videos of the statues & memorials being removed in the middle of the night.

Used properly, they’ll make great campaign ads for the 2018 & 2020 elections.

I grew up in 1950’s Chicago in the Austin neighborhood which at that time was primarily Italian and Polish with a significant black population. My best friend was from a biracial household, which seemed to be very much a rarity back then especially given the racial tensions existing citywide.

Every once in a while we would come across some artifact of the confederacy, i.e., coins currency, and the like. We viewed it as a curiosity, not as a symbol for racism. Was there any racism? O, you bet’cha. The most racist and hateful comments I heard all seemed to come from the parents or other relatives of kids I knew who were City of Chicago municipal employees, i.e., patronage workers. I remember one in particular who worked for the Dept. of Sanitation to whom George Wallace was his political savior. Another was an administrative assistant to “da Mayor” Richsrd J. Daley.

A refresher course for Mao’s Red Guard.

    travelinman48 in reply to Anchovy. | August 23, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Bit like ISIS destroying their cultural past. Nobody alive today was involved with the civil war. Grow up and accept these events as historical facts, destroying them won’t change the past. Maybe future generations will learn from the mistakes of the past. NB for those who’s historical knowledge is weak, the civil war was about the southern states ceding from the northern states, it was about Power & Governance, nothing to do with slavery, so please check your historical facts

I posted part of this comment on an earlier post, but it applies here. It relates to renaming schools, not taking down statues. But, after doing a bit of reading, there is an interesting link to the Cherokees (GA and OK).

Several Board members of the Oklahoma City Public Schools proposed to rename four schools since they thought that they were named for Confederate figures. A newsman, who likes to keep track of the city’s history, noted that two of the schools were likely named after early civic leaders (Lee and Wheeler).

The newspaper had an editorial identifying four other schools, including Woodrow Wilson Elem., which could be renamed based on what they did. They noted – “Should these buildings be considered for renaming, too? When the issue is offensiveness, the slope can grow slippery in a hurry. Ultimately, as they pursue this issue, district officials should do what they ask of our students — their homework.”

Here is the Cherokee link – one of the identified schools is named after Stand Waite. He was a member of an influential Cherokee family, a slave owner, in favor of the Cherokee removal from GA to OK, was in favor of the Confederacy and started a unit, became a general in the Confederate Army as well as the principal chief of the Cherokees. There is more to the story. And, add the story of the Cherokee Freedmen, which is still under court review. Interesting stuff…

Why do I mention this? I didn’t know who Stand Waite was until I checked out the internet. I’ll keep reading about him, but he didn’t seem to be a nice person, either as a Cherokee or as an Indian Territory resident. I would support getting his name off the school and I am not Cherokee or a native Oklahoman.

Maybe, there is a certain MA senator who might be related to this slave-owning, Confederate character? Heck, he died (1871)before the Dawes Roll (1902) and a lot of the ancestry is tracked to the various rolls. Perhaps, Warren is a Cherokee and related to him. She needs to disavow the actions of her slave-holding Confederate ancestor!

Concerning statues – I want that Lenin statue in Seattle taken down. I am first gen Latvian-American (4th gen Irish/paternal). My mother suffered under the Soviets as well as the Nazis. It is an insult to those naturalized Americans who suffered through the world wars. Take it down!

Just how “small” does a minority have to be to not qualify for making hurtful actions for the majority of people?

Is any disagreement a “racial thought crime” or “sexist thought crime” or “Islamophobic thought crime”.

Now we can begin to gauge the depth of true hate the Left has when their march to socialist fascism has been temporarily set back. It is not only the Left but the GOPe that has joined in the road to serfdom. I read comments such as for Dowd’s NYT piece and can not grasp the train of logic in those postings. Life has been too “easy” for too long on borrowed time and money and the hard learned lessons of the past too long forgotten.

What’s he going to say when they take the next logical step and go after Civil War museums?

It is interesting to study the history of Maryland during the Civil War. In the first place, Maryland was a slave owning Union state throughout the war, not abolishing slavery until November of 1864. This, even though Maryland was essentially “occupied” by federal troops from May 13, 1861 with martial law existing in both Baltimore and Annapolis for most of the remainder of the conflict. The reason for this was simple, economics. Though only about 85,000 slaves lived in Maryland, at the start of the war, to abolish slavery would have seen a goodly portion of the population rise up in open rebellion. After all, the citizens of that state were not favorably inclined toward the federal government at the time. And, of course, the arrest, on September 17, 1861, of twenty-seven legislators by federal troops, while the Legislature was in session, didn’t instill them with any confidence.

Before people throw stones over actions taken during the Civil War, it might be a good idea to take a good hard look at exactly what the federal authorities did, to their own citizens, during that conflict. Many of the things done by the Union in the Civil War were later done by totalitarian regimes in other parts of the world. Naturally, the US government condemned these foreign copy cats.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Mac45. | August 24, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    You’re right Mac.

    It’s obvious that the “leftists” and “progressives” of the Civil War Ear started destroying the “real history” as soon as they won that war.

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

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.

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

    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**.

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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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.