New Orleans recently took down its Confederate monuments. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says she is considering doing the same thing in the city.
“The city does want to remove these,” Pugh told The Baltimore Sun. “We will take a closer look at how we go about following in the footsteps of New Orleans.”
Pugh said she’s been focused in her first months in office on implementing police reforms under the consent decree negotiated with the Department of Justice and finding more funds for the school system. She said she’s now turning her attention to other issues, such as the monuments.
“You name it, we’ve tackled it,” she said. “This is another one of those things that we will tackle as well.
“New Orleans has taken on this issue. It costs about $200,000 a statute to tear them down. … Maybe we can auction them?”