New Orleans just took down its 3rd Confederate-era monument

Alvin Kelly
May 20, 2017

At last, a court decision cleared the way for the April removal of what is likely the most controversial of the monuments - seen as an overt tribute to white supremacy. Crew removed the statue from the ground a little after 3 a.m., reports CNN.

A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is the last monument scheduled to be removed and relocated.

Landrieu says taking down a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will allow his city to "heal and become the city we always should have been". "How the city can get away with moving a 102-year-old monument, against the advice of the Lt. Governor and Attorney General, and without first proving ownership, defies any sort of logic". Some members of the pro-statue group waved Confederate flags.

And if critics of the removal don't believe that, "the people of New Orleans believe it and we don't want these statues in places of reverence, they need to be in places of remembrance", said Landrieu, who plans a Friday afternoon speech to city residents.

There has been, however, a growing crime problem in New Orleans. The city said due to "intimidation, threats, and violence, serious safety concerns remain" it wouldn't announce a timeline for Lee's removal.

The announcement comes after the city had already taken down a statue of the Confederacy's only president and a memorial to a white rebellion against a biracial Reconstruction-era government in the city.

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu first proposed the removal of Confederate monuments in 2015, and the city council approved the decision past year. The final resting place of Beauregard's statue will be considered separately because of legal issues.

City officials are trying to divorce New Orleans from symbols celebrating the Confederacy. Three depict individuals deeply influential within the Confederacy, and the fourth honors an insurrection of mostly Confederate veterans who battled against the City's racially integrated police and state militia.

City officials say the monuments don't "appropriately reflect the values of diversity and inclusion that make New Orleans strong today".

"Mitch Landrieu removed a monument to G.T. Beauregard, arguably the most historically significant Creole to ever live". On Sunday morning, with protections of snipers, masked workers and a dumbstruck audience, the worst of all of the monuments was cut and carried., the Liberty Monument.

The P.G.T. Beauregard equestrian statue on Esplanade Avenue at the entrance to City Park, was erected in 1915 in honor of Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, a General of the Confederate army who led the attack on Fort Sumter, which marked the beginning of the Civil War. "We have monuments owned by ... cities ... and we have representatives governing those (cities)", Edwards said.

Beauregard's statue, near City Park, was erected in 1915 in honor of the prominent general who led the attack on Fort Sumter in SC, a siege that marked the beginning of the Civil War.

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