Bolton Hill, Culture

“Racist Anthem”: Francis Scott Key Statue Vandalized in Bolton Hill

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 10:59am

Francis Scott Key Monument on Eutaw Place, pre-vandalism.

Is every statue of a racist a racist statue?

In the wake of a nationwide push to remove public monuments to the Confederacy, which prompted Baltimore to take down three Confederate statues and a monument to former U.S. Chief Justice Roger B. Taney under cover of night, an elaborate monument to “The Star-Spangled Banner” author Francis Scott Key was vandalized in Bolton Hill. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Money & Power

City’s Plan to Potentially Repurpose Confederate Statue Bases Leaves Artists Wary

2 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 07, 2017 11:45am

Pablo Machioli’s “Madre Luz” sculpture knocked down on Aug. 17. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Seeing his “Madre Luz” sculpture in shambles last month was difficult for artist Pablo Machioli. The day after Mayor Catherine Pugh had Baltimore’s controversial Confederate monuments removed, activists placed his work depicting a pregnant black woman, child on her back and fist raised, atop the empty base in the Wyman Park Dell that had held statues of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

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Culture, Featured

City Seeks Ideas for Public Art to Place Atop Confederate Statues’ Empty Bases

2 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 11:20am

The vandalized base of the Lee-Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell. City work crews later scrubbed all the graffiti away.

Now that Baltimore has ripped out its controversial Confederate monuments, the city is soliciting ideas from the public for what should replace each statue on its vacant base.

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Monday Morning Headlines: Solar Eclipse Looms; Entrepreneurial Program Offers Lessons to Students; and More

0 Written by: | Monday, Aug 21, 2017 7:23am

Children and parents prepare for eclipse at Port Discovery — Baltimore Sun

Hogan announces new state development plan — AP

Confederate monument in Howard Co. covered; county council says it will come down — Fox45

Walks Kill The Orioles’ Chances In 5-4 Loss To Angels — PressBox

Entrepreneurial Program Teaches Baltimore Students How To Run A Business — CBS Baltimore

Featured, Links

Top Stories: Baltimore’s Confederate Monuments Come Down, Activist Sculpture Toppled, Hate is Alive in Md.

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 18, 2017 5:05pm

Our top story this week marked what will likely prove to be a pivotal moment in 2017: City lawmakers voted unanimously to tear down four controversial statues honoring the Confederate legacy in Baltimore.

Following last weekend’s violent, hate-motivated unrest that began with protests about a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Va., cities around the country moved to eject their controversial monuments with lightning speed. While Baltimore didn’t beat out the citizens of Durham, N.C., lawmakers here nonetheless acted quickly. Over the weekend, Councilman Brandon Scott drafted a resolution that called for the city to “destroy” the statues. On Monday night, right after he modified the proposal by subbing out “deconstruct” for “destroy,” he and his colleagues all voted in favor.

The following night, Mayor Catherine Pugh ordered all of them to be torn and carted off, and the rest was…actually, that history is still playing out.

Here were the other most popular stories from Baltimore Fishbowl this week:

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Featured, Money & Power

State House Trust Votes to Remove Statue of Roger Taney in Annapolis

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 9:29am

Roger Taney’s statue in Annapolis. Photo via City of Annapolis.

With Baltimore’s Confederate memorials now gone, the political fight against Maryland’s commemorations of those who supported or advanced the Lost Cause has shifted to Annapolis.

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Culture, Featured, Money & Power

Pugh: Plan to Tear Down Confederate Monuments was to ‘Move Quickly and Quietly’

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 2:32pm

The vandalized base of the Lee-Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell.

Mayor Catherine Pugh knew she wanted to rid the city of its Confederate monuments, she says. She just wasn’t sure how, and how to time it.

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Culture, Featured, Money & Power

Gov. Hogan Says State Should Remove Statue of Roger Taney in Annapolis

2 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 4:59pm

Roger Taney’s statue at the State House. Photo via City of Annapolis.

Maryland’s Republican governor has switched sides in the debate over whether to remove a statue of Roger B. Taney from the State House in Annapolis.

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Culture, Featured, Money & Power

City Council Moves to Destroy All Four of Baltimore’s Confederate Monuments

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 9:36am

Monuments to Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson (left) and Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney. Photos by C. Ryan Patterson of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Baltimore’s statues honoring the legacies of bygone Confederate soldiers and leaders must go, city lawmakers decided Monday evening.

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Bolton Hill, Featured, Lifeline

Confederate Monument in Bolton Hill Defaced with Lots of Red Paint

0 Written by: | Monday, Aug 14, 2017 4:53pm

The statue, covered in paint. Photo by Julia Flaccavento.

Someone has doused a controversial monument in Bolton Hill with a large amount of bright red paint, carrying on a trend of protest against Baltimore’s four Confederate memorials stemming from Saturday’s violent unrest in Charlottesville, Va.

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