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File #: 20-0549    Version: 0 Name: City Property - Renaming the Columbus Obelisk Monument to the Police Violence Victims Monument
Type: Ordinance Status: 2nd Reading
File created: 6/22/2020 In control: Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: City Property - Renaming the Columbus Obelisk Monument to the Police Violence Victims Monument For the purpose of changing the name of the Columbus Obelisk Monument, located in Heinz Park (Block 4197 Lot 002), to the Police Violence Victims Monument.
Sponsors: Ryan Dorsey, Bill Henry, President Brandon M. Scott, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Kristerfer Burnett, Shannon Sneed
Indexes: City Property - Renaming
Attachments: 1. 20-0549~1st Reader, 2. DGS 20-0549, 3. Law 20-0549, 4. Real Estate 20-0549, 5. Rec and Parks 20-0549, 6. 20-0549 DOT
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill

Introduced by: Councilmember Dorsey

A Bill Entitled

An Ordinance concerning
title
City Property - Renaming the Columbus Obelisk Monument to the Police Violence Victims Monument
For the purpose of changing the name of the Columbus Obelisk Monument, located in Heinz Park (Block 4197 Lot 002), to the Police Violence Victims Monument.
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By authority of
Article 5 - Finance, Property, and Procurement
Section 20-2
Baltimore City Code
(Edition 2000)

Recitals

Undoing white supremacy requires us to reject historical narratives that serve as its underpinnings, which we know to be false. This includes the heroizing, mythologizing, and white washing of some of history’s worst actors, from Columbus to the Confederacy, the continuation of which constitutes an act of propaganda.

Today, monuments still stand as manifestations of these lies, even while the same system of white supremacy continues its reign of physical and systemic violence against Black and Brown people. This violence takes many forms including pervasive and appalling police violence.

In 2020 we face yet another moment of reckoning with racism and white supremacy, which again has been sparked by an incident of police violence; five years after the killing of Freddie Gray; remembering the deaths of Korryn Gaines, Anton Black, Tyrone West, Dale Graham, and other Marylanders who were killed by police; acknowledging the difficult struggle faced by survivors of police violence like Keith Davis, Abdul Salaam, Jamar Kennedy; and in the aftermath of the murders o...

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