Confederate memorial removed from Maryland courthouse overnight
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A Confederate memorial outside a courthouse in Maryland was removed Monday night as scrutiny over Confederate monuments continues to increase following the deadly attack in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month.

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman announced the removal, which was first reported by The Associated Press, on his Facebook page. The memorial had been outside Ellicott’s City’s Circuit Courthouse.

“I believe the more appropriate place for the memorial is in a local museum, along with other artifacts and information on the Civil War,” Kittleman wrote in a Facebook post.

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Confederate statues and memorials have come under renewed criticism after one counterprotester was killed at a “Unite the Right” rally organized by alt-right groups in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The city of Baltimore also removed four Confederate statues in the middle of the night last week after the violent protests.