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Lee Jackson Monument

Reconciling History

 

—Baltimore's Confederate Monuments —

 
Lee Jackson Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 26, 2017
1. Lee Jackson Monument Marker
Inscription. This monument was a gift from prominent Baltimore banker J. Henry Ferguson, who left funds in his will for the City of Baltimore to create a monument to his childhood heroes, Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Ferguson died in 1928, but due to the Great Depression and World War II, the monument was not dedicated until 1948.

Sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser, this rare double equestrian monument depicts Lee and Jackson departing for the Battle of Chancellorsville, in Virginia. These two men became subjects of the “Lost Cause” movement which portrayed them as Christian soldiers and even as men who opposed slavery. Today current scholarship refutes these claims. These larger-than-life representations of Lee and Jackson helped perpetuate the “Lost Cause” ideology, which advocated for white supremacy and portrayed slavery as benign and justified secession.

In the same period that this monument was installed, Baltimore City continued to enforce racial segregation housing ordinances and deed covenants, continued to support segregation policies in public spaces and programs, and unequally funded African American school budgets, infrastructure improvement, and public programs.

In 2015, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake appointed a Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate

Lee Jackson Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 26, 2017
2. Lee Jackson Monument Marker
The inscriptions around the base of the monument are two quotes attributed to Lee and Jackson. They read: “So great is my confidence in General Lee that I would follow him anywhere” and “Straight as the needle to the pole Jackson advanced to the execution of my purpose”
Monuments to provide recommendations based on informed decisions and citizen input on how to address Baltimore’s monuments that honor the Confederacy and the Lost Cause Movement. This commission concluded that this monument was part of a propaganda campaign of national pro-Confederate organizations to perpetuate the beliefs of white supremacy, falsify history, and support segregation and racial intimidation.

This plaque serves to inform the public on the history of Baltimore’s Confederate monuments. For more information, please review the Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments Report to Mayor Rawlings-Blake located at www.chap.baltimorecity.gov.

Sign content developed by the Baltimore City Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation. Graphic design services provided by the Baltimore National Heritage Area.
 
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 39° 19.464′ N, 76° 37.194′ W. Marker was in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker was on Art Museum Drive. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21218, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Spring House or Dairy - c. 1812 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Lee and Jackson Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 26, 2017
3. Lee and Jackson Memorial
(about 600 feet away); Remington-Wyman World War II Memorial (approx. Ľ mile away); The Sheridan Libraries (approx. 0.3 miles away); Keyser Quadrangle (approx. 0.3 miles away); Homewood (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Homewood (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
 
Lee and Jackson Memorial-base image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 26, 2017
4. Lee and Jackson Memorial-base
Inscription on the base of the memorial: "They were great generals and Christian soldiers and waged war like gentlemen." - Ferguson
Lee Jackson Monument Marker-Base only image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 19, 2017
5. Lee Jackson Monument Marker-Base only
The Lee Jackson Monument-(Confederate Soldiers) was removed by the City of Baltimore on August 16, 2017 because it was deemed offensive to the public.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 5, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 167 times since then. Last updated on May 1, 2017, by mishelle Etefania of Mexico, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 5, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   5. submitted on August 20, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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