Baltimore removes statue of slaveowner near its waterfront

Apr 6, 2021

BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore has removed a statue of an Irish-born slave-owning merchant from a square in the waterfront neighborhood he founded in 1786.

The statue of Capt. John O’Donnell was removed from his namesake park in Canton Monday night. 

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said he's committed to addressing many more symbols that reflect a legacy of racism. 

O’Donnell was a seafaring merchant who got rich trading goods from China.

He bought about 2,000 acres along the Baltimore waterfront, forced dozens of slaves to create a plantation and named the area Canton after the Chinese port city.