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Emotions raw as black 'Lady Liberty' replaces Lee in Baltimore

•, Scott Broom

The new statue is not sanctioned by the City of Baltimore which owns the site, but there was no immediate action to remove it by police or city officials.

The removal of the Lee-Jackson monument and three other Confederate statues was ordered by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. Pugh told reporters she ordered the removals as a matter of public safety after violence in Charlottesville, Va. involving white supremacists and counter-protestors squaring off over a statue of Robert E. Lee there.

The Lee-Jackson statue had stood on its pedestal in Wyman Park since 1948.

Baltimore has been studying the issue of Confederate monument removal since the Charleston church massacre in 2015. Plaques placed on the Lee-Jackson statue were placed calling the monuments examples of the revisionist history "Lost Cause" movement.