The Latest: Mayor: Vital to act fast on Confederate statues

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Posted: Aug 16, 2017 11:40 AM
The Latest: Mayor: Vital to act fast on Confederate statues

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the removal of Confederate monuments in Baltimore (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

The mayor of Baltimore says it was important for the city to move quickly and quietly to remove its Confederate monuments.

Mayor Catherine Pugh spoke to reporters Wednesday, hours after workers toiled throughout the night to bring the statues down and haul them away on trucks.

The mayor said she's been working on removing the statues for months. A spokesman says Pugh decided Tuesday that the city would remove the statues overnight.

Pugh said she believed "enough speeches had been made" and she wanted to get the monuments out of the city.

The city's decision to remove the monuments came days after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia that was sparked by plans to remove a similar statue there.

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7 a.m.

Confederate monuments have been removed overnight in Baltimore.

Local news outlets report that workers began hauling monuments away early Wednesday, days after a white nationalist rally in Virginia turned deadly.

WBAL-TV reports that a crane removed a monument to Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson" from its pedestal around 3 a.m. The TV station says the statue was placed on a flatbed truck 45 minutes later.

Photos posted on social media show people standing on top of the base where the Lee and Jackson monument used to stand.

Photos taken by The Baltimore Sun shows workers taking away a monument dedicated to the Confederate Women of Maryland.