On Monday, Pugh told The Sun that it was her "intention to move forward with the removal of the statues" and said she was frustrated that Rawlings-Blake left the work undone, especially considering she had held on to a recommendation to remove two statues for nearly a year.
With several solidarity protests staged from Seattle to NY after one person died in the Charlottesville demonstration, activists in the Washington, DC, area also voiced their opinion as they marched on a statue of Albert Pike, a Confederate general, in the nation's capital.
After a deadly attack on a counter-protest at a white nationalist rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia left one person dead and at least 19 others injured, state and local lawmakers have initiated a renewed push to remove Confederate symbols from public spaces.
'I am taking action to relocate the Confederate statues. Mayor Pugh released a statement on Monday morning saying "It is my intention to move forward with the removal of Baltimore City's confederate statues".
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"Monuments with ties to the dark side of America's past have come under increased scrutiny in recent years with cities across the country debating on whether they should be removed", Scott's resolution stated. "Baltimore has had more than enough time to think on the issue it's time to act".
What was already a contentious, violent rally became murderous Saturday, when a 20-year-old white supremacist named James Alex Fields allegedly drove his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring at least 19 others.
Jim Gray, the mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, said Saturday that he would ask the city council to vote on the removal of two monuments honoring Confederate generals from the former courthouse.
Under state law, the Lexington city council must petition the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission to remove the statues, as well a propose a place to move them to.