Baltimore politicians learned from the mistakes of other cities by not only unanimously voting to remove Confederate statues from the city, but by agreeing to do it expeditiously. 

The city council’s vote was only on Monday and crews spent the early hours of Wednesday morning tearing down the symbols of white supremacy as onlookers took pictures.

“The police are being cheerful and encouraging people to take photos and selfies,” Baynard Woods, the editor at large of The Baltimore City Paper, told The New York Times.

The monuments that were removed were dedicated to General Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument and a monument to Roger B. Taney, the Supreme Court Justice who made slavery legal in all of the U.S. and died the day it was abolished in his home state of Maryland.

The statues were escorted out of the city by police officers and could end up in Confederate cemeteries.

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