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New Orleans removes P.G.T. Beauregard monument

19 May 2017

Crews, wearing masks to cover their faces, worked under a heavy police presence starting at 3 dismantle the statue, which was erected in 1911, nearly 50 years after the end of the war, and commissioned by the Jefferson Davis Memorial Association. A sports vehicle belonging to a contractor who bid on one of the removal jobs was set ablaze, police said. Therefore, the City will not share details on a removal timeline for the Robert E. Lee statue. Those who wanted the monuments to stay cited historical relevance and context. "Statues of this type are tangible symbols of a state of mind which was powerful and pervasive throughout the South well into the twentieth century and some would say even today". Her spokesman Koran Addo said they're looking for the right place to house the 40-ton statue before they remove it.

The other two monuments that have been taken down were: a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and a memorial to a white rebellion against the biracial Reconstruction-era government in New Orleans.

City officials said in a statement Tuesday evening that the Beauregard monument, the third Confederate monument targeted for removal, would be removed over the next few hours. That site, on Iberville Street behind the parking garage at Canal Place, is largely out of public sight. The last one set to come down is of General Robert E. Lee. They also can not be displayed outdoors on public property within the city. "That statue is 106 years old".

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The group claimed the City Park Improvement Association owns the statue, not the city.

Those interested in taking the statues will be able to submit proposals for each of them individually or for the whole group, according to the release.

Monument supporters said the statues remember and honour history. 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". That appears to be in response to criticism Wednesday, when the Beauregard statue and pieces of the Davis statue were spotted outdoors in a storage yard.

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The city announced late Tuesday that it had begun the process of removing a statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard — the third of four monuments city officials plan to take down. On Tuesday, the area around City Park became a gathering space for monument defenders waving Confederate and American flags, and those who want to see the monuments removed. Since 1915, his statue had been at a traffic circle near the entrance to New Orleans City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Others felt the city has bigger problems Mayor Mitch Landrieu is ignoring other than removing the monuments. The council agreed with that plan in December 2015 on a 6-1 vote. Crowds gathered once again to watch masked men work to bring down the Confederate statue. The fact that the monuments don't have a final destination so far also added to his worries. "The city's refusal to wait until the ownership of the Beauregard Monument could be determined by a court of law proves how non-transparent this process has been".

In first addressing the issue, Hillyer said, that one "Will probably, in fact not probably definitely, not find a conservative New Orleanian in the media who has been nicer or more complimentary through the years to Mitch Landrieu than I. You would not think that that I would have been so complimentary because he's a liberal and I'm I'm a conservative".

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