A new statue called“Madre Luz“a pregnant black woman was placed in front of a statue of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson riding horses side by side once stood in Baltimore, according to WUSA-TV.
The city officials removed the Lee and Stonewall statue on Wednesday, but the statue that activists put up still remains.
As WUSA reveals, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh removed the statue of Lee and Jackson. Pugh said in her statement that she ordered the removals of the statue due to a public safety after the attack that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.
The protest over the removal of a statue of Lee was launched due to the clash between leftist radicals and white supremacists.
According to Pugh, the statues are safely in storage, but didn’t reveal the location. The mayor recommended the statues to be relocation to Confederate cemeteries in the future.
The paper-mache statue of a pregnant black woman holding her fist into the air was erected by an artist called Pablo Machioli along with his few friends. The statue is adorned with a rainbow sash, a baby on her back, and her raised fist is coated in gold glitter.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the statue is called “Madre Luz,” or “Mother Light” in Spanish.
And on the Confederate Monuments beat today: Children posed defiantly, and local activists lifted an African-American "Lady Liberty" by a local artist onto the podium where a statue of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson stood. The Confederate monument and three others in Baltimore were removed Wednesday night as a matter of "public safety" in the wake of Charlottesville, said Baltimore's Mayor Catherine Pugh.
Posted by Scott Broom WUSA9 on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
As City Paper reports, Machioli was the first who erected the statue in front of the Lee and Jackson statue in 2015. Machioli’s friend came up with this idea aiming to create attention’’about social justice problems such as white supremacy and racism in art, and to celebrate the 2016 Baltimore riots.
Originally, the statue should have been an image of abolitionist Harriet Tubman throwing a brick at Lee and Jackson. He did not intend the statue to depict violence, and instead created “Madre Luz.”
“Madre Luz” was placed in front of the Lee and Jackson statue after its creation. It was removed and impounded in less than 24 hours, and Machioli was fined $75. Afterward, Machioli moved the statue to his home at the Copycat Building, a warehouse converted a space where artists live and work. It stayed there for the next two years.
As Baltimore Sun reports, the statue was brought back by Machioli and his friends in front of the Lee and Jackson monument on Sunday, due to the events in Charlottesville. The Lee and Jackson monument is removed, but “Madre Luz“still stands. Each time the “Madre Luz“has been knocked over and vandalized several times, Machioli and his friends would return to repair it.