The proper context
In your editorial, “No more foot-dragging” (Sept. 16), you state that if two Confederate monuments are to remain on public property in Baltimore, “They are going to require some heavy-duty contextualization.”
At the last meeting of the Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments, I proposed that the following inscription be chiseled into the stone base of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument:
“During the Civil War, 60,000 Marylanders fought for the Union and 25,000 Marylanders fought for the Confederacy. After the War, supporters of the Confederacy, in movement they called ‘ The Lost Cause,’ erected monuments like this one to honor Confederate soldiers and sailors and to promote their views about the causes and events of the Civil War.”
This information should be permanently inscribed on the monument, not just written on a sign or plaque placed near the monument.