Don’t re­move me­mo­ri­als

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ros­alind E. Heid, Bal­ti­more

Wouldn’t it be nice to al­low his­tory to be his­tory? We have huge prob­lems in Bal­ti­more, so why must we waste time ar­gu­ing over stat­ues that hardly any­one no­tices (“Rawl­ings-Blake de­lays de­ci­sion on Con­fed­er­ate me­mo­ri­als,” Sept. 15)? I have stud­ied the Civil War, and it’s a fact that Mary­land and Bal­ti­more were di­vided. One fac­tion wanted to join the Con­fed­er­ate States of Amer­ica and the other was just as de­ter­mined to re­main in the Union. I be­lieve leav­ing the stat­ues in place and adding ed­u­ca­tional, in­ter­pre­tive signs is the ideal so­lu­tion, not just a tem­po­rary one.

The stat­ues can teach us not just about the hor­rors of that war but also about the causes lead­ing up to it.

What I don’t want is to have my tax money spent on costly re­movals or de­struc­tion of th­ese mon­u­ments. We need to stop try­ing to bury Amer­i­can his­tory be­cause parts of it are painful. No, of­ten­times dis­com­fort is the best teacher of all!

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