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General Lee statue coming down in New Orleans on Friday

19 May 2017

The notice said the process is expecting to last at least until 5 p.m. These monuments stand not as mournful markers of our legacy of slavery and segregation, but in reverence of it. "Landrieu cannot be inclusive, tolerant or diverse when he is erasing a very specific and undeniable part of New Orleans' history".

In a news release obtained by The Associated Press, the city said the statues were "erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the 'Cult of the Lost Cause, ' a movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy". The giant statue of Robert E. Lee in the middle of Lee Circle.

New Orleans has already taken down the Davis statue as well as that of Confederate Gen. PGT Beauregard. The equestrian statue stood in a traffic circle at the main entrance to the park.

An American flag will stand where the Davis statue used to be, and the area where the Liberty Place monument used to stand "will remain as is".

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The street cars are still not running on St. Charles near Lee Circle.

Speculation began to surface Thursday that the the final monument, the one of Lee, would come down sometime Thursday into Friday. The city will not accept proposals that would call for the statues to be displayed outdoors in Orleans Parish. Anticipating rising security risk, the mayor's office announced it would not notify the public about future statue removals ahead of time.

Gernon approached Christopher Kimball in the act of spray painting on one side of the monument. City officials said the removal process will begin at 9 a.m. Friday.

Payne says if they are successful in getting the New Orleans monuments, they would put them on display and build a garden around them in a place of prominence on the property. The council agreed with that plan in December 2015 on a 6-1 vote.

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Last month, a monument was taken down that commemorated an 1874 attack on the racially integrated city police and state militia by a white supremacist group called the "Crescent City White League".

The statue of Davis was removed in the early morning hours of May 10, as constructions crews worked to dismantle the 12-foot base and bronze statue.

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General Lee statue coming down in New Orleans on Friday