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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. The Confederate memorial outside the Howard County Circuit Courthouse in Ellicott City has been removed and will be donated to a local museum, Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman announced early Tuesday.”I wanted to send a message to the people of Howard County (that) we are a society that cares about everybody regardless of race,” Kittleman said. “Howard County is a tremendous place to live. People in another age may have thought that was appropriate, but it is not appropriate for us.”Kittleman ordered the removal of the memorial late Monday after completing the historic review process. He filed a request with the Historic Preservation Commission to take this step on Aug. 16 but the process required a five day public notice period before a decision could be rendered. Immediately after receiving approval, Kittleman took steps to remove the memorial.”It has become increasingly clear in recent weeks that memorials such as this are hurtful to many residents in our community and elsewhere,” Kittleman said. “Given these feelings and the tragedy in Charlottesville, I felt compelled to remove this memorial from public property.”The monument is headed for the Ellicott City Museum, where there is a Civil War section. Like many of the Confederate monuments in the United States, the one in Ellicott City was erected long after the Civil War in 1948. It was dedicated to 92 Confederate soldiers.Preservation Howard County supported moving the memorial to a museum. County Council Chair Jon Weinstein encouraged the Howard County Historical Society to add the memorial to its Civil War collection.”We cannot and should not erase the past. We must learn from it,” Kittleman said. “A museum offers context for us and for future generations to better understand our shared history.”Weinstein said removing the memorial will affirm the county’s commitment to ensuring public spaces are open and comfortable to all citizens and visitors. The events last week in Charlottesville, Virginia, renewed the urgency in removing the memorial, he said.”We can’t forget that this symbol and symbols like this represent hate and cause many people pain,” Weinstein said. “The monument is not representative of who we are as a community today and does not belong on grounds of a building that represents justice.”The monument’s removal in Ellicott City marked the third time in a week that a Confederate monument in Maryland was removed under cover of darkness.Early last Wednesday morning, Baltimore removed four monuments. The Roger Taney monument in Annapolis came down early Friday morning.Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has taken some heat from his base for the decision to remove the Taney statue. Kittleman, also a Republican, said he is not worried.”I firmly believe we have done the right thing, and for those who believe it should be on the courthouse grounds, I’d almost propose a different question: Why?” Kittleman said.NAACP,
other groups call for removalThe NAACP and several other community groups called for the removal of the Confederate monument in Howard County. They held a rally Monday in Ellicott City, and planned to return every day until the monument is gone. Some said it’s a symbol of racism and it doesn’t represent what Howard County is all about.”You can see what this says to anyone that comes here of who we are honoring. There’s no monument here for Union soldiers who actually fought against slavery,” said Gregory Yancey, president of the Waring Mitchell Law Society.The Howard County NAACP led a rally urging the removal of the monument. Not everyone agreed with their point of view. One man accused the group of trying to erase history.”It’s an election year and we have enough to run on without race baiting,” one man said.”You’re not erasing history by taking it and putting it in a nice museum. We go to museums all the time,” said Sherman Howell, who attended the rally.In a joint statement, released Friday, two members of Howard County Council said they support moving the monument to a museum, writing, “it can be put in context not as a monument to war heroes built after the war but as a monument built in 1948 a very different time and for a very different purpose.””We should follow the lead of other states with deep history, like Maryland, they’re taking these things down because it’s kind of a vestige of the Confederacy, and the Confederacy means a history of upholding slavery and all the framework that comes with that,” said Willie Flowers, president of the Howard County NAACP.According to Maryland Historical Trust records, the memorial was dedicated on Sept. 23, 1948, at a time when Howard County had a commissioner form of government. Howard County Circuit Court Judge William Henry Forsythe Jr., whose father’s name is on the memorial,
appears to have been responsible for accepting and placing the memorial on the grounds of the court house. No county officials played a role in the dedication.