BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The statue of Captain John O'Donnell will no longer be in Canton Square in Baltimore City as of Monday evening.
The statue depicting the slave trader fell later that evening, months after parishioners and leaders requested the removal.
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Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott called it a "historic moment" but said there are "innumerable" publicly named monuments and other things in the city that have yet to be reassessed.
“Tonight, the hostile remnant of notorious slave trader Captain John O'Donnell is no longer in Canton Square. This is a historic moment, but countless publicly named monuments, statues, streets and schools across Baltimore remain to be reassessed I am determined to degrade structural repression in Baltimore by working with the city administrator to set up a team to establish procedures to review the effects of these cruel monuments while promoting fair policies to correct yesterday's mistakes Thank you to the Canton's Anti-Racism Alliance for their persistence in these efforts and their continued work to build an inclusive Baltimore, ”he said.
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Mark Edelson, president of the Canton Community Association, chairman of the Canton Anti-Racism Alliance and candidate for the delegate in District 46, released a statement welcoming the removal.
"I salute Mayor Scott and his government for listening to our community and demolishing the O & # 39; Donnell statue tonight," said Mark Edelson. “The Canton Anti-Racism Alliance has formed a diverse coalition of community members, business owners, African American historians and city dwellers to address the legacy of slavery in Canton and work together to build a better and common future. We asked the city – with the help of nearly 1,000 residents, Councilor Zeke Cohen, and the entire District 46 delegation – to remove the statue, and tonight it came down thanks to the Scott administration. Tonight is a new chapter in welcoming and inclusivity in Canton. "
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