The proper con­text

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Larry S. Gib­son, Bal­ti­more The writer was a mem­ber of the Spe­cial Com­mis­sion to Re­view Bal­ti­more’s Pub­lic Con­fed­er­ate Mon­u­ments.

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.

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