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Confederate Monument No. 3 Down, but 4th Won't Be So Easy

19 May 2017

The bronze equestrian statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard at the entrance to City Park was removed shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Hours after crews finished removing the six-ton statue dedicated to Confederate soldier P.G.T. Beauregard, two Norco men have been arrested for vandalizing the base of where the statue once stood.

It's been nearly 18 months since the New Orleans City Council voted 6-1 to remove three monuments to Confederate leaders and one monument to a Reconstruction-era white supremacist revolt, but the formidable structures have only started coming down during the past few weeks.

The city has released its plans for what will replace the sites where four Confederate monuments once stood in New Orleans.

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Three monuments have been dismantled since the New Orleans City Council in 2015 voted to remove four Confederate landmarks.

The city said the statues can not be displayed outdoors on public property in New Orleans.

Backlash against removing New Orleans' Confederate monuments has been building.

Lee commanded Confederate armies against the United States in the Civil War and is a revered figure among supporters of the old South. Warning: The video below contains profanity: The statue will be the third Confederate monument removed by the city. The giant statue of Robert E. Lee in the middle of Lee Circle. "The third Confederate statue is now down".

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There were strong views from those watching the removal on both sides of the debate. The shooter, Dylann Roof, was a proud racist who flaunted the Confederate flag, reinforcing many people's belief that Confederate symbols represent hate more than history. Contractors in the removal process have been threatened, and the work stalled for months as statue supporters looked in vain to the courts to stop it. Some argue the monuments symbolize racial injustice and slavery.

A legal dispute about the ownership of the land where the Beauregard statue was has been settled and the leaders of the Monumental Task Committee tell reporters they have exhausted all legal remedies to try to block the removal of this statue at City Park.

There is now one more monument that the city has set for removal, that of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which will surely be the most contentious removal. It's been there since 1915.

Unlike the first three statues, city officials plan to take Lee's statue down during the day.

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The Davis statue was the second of the four monuments to be removed in the Crescent City.