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Third Confederate statue removed in New Orleans

19 May 2017

The P.G.T. Beauregard statue is not included in the RFP process because of the ownership dispute with the City Park Improvement Association that runs City Park. Local media showed a largely peaceful scene of monument supporters waving Confederate battle flags while those supporting removal stood nearby. Officials have also pledged to take down a monument to Gen. Robert E. Lee.

"Today we take another step in defining our City not by our past but by our bright future", Landrieu said in the statement.

Early Wednesday, the equestrian statue of Confederate Gen. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, who died in New Orleans in 1893, came down.

"I think we have an opportunity here in the city to actually be a hub for reconciliation and describe for the public who these individuals are and how they got there".

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Amid security threats, contractors wearing masks and tactical vests removed the first monument at night last month: an obelisk commemorating the Battle of Liberty Place. In his ruling, Reese pointed to the outcomes in other lawsuits granting the city permission to remove the statues. His statue sat at a traffic circle near the entrance to New Orleans City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

The 16-foot-tall bronze statue of Robert E. Lee has stood over New Orleans for 133 years.

Work began to remove it around 7 p.m. Tuesday, when police officers began moving people away from the monument in preparation for its removal.

During the removal of The White Rebellion, police arrested multiple protesters who were charged with disturbing the peace after a scuffle occurred at an event celebrating the removal of the memorial. Three people were detained for public drunkenness and arson for burning small flags, though one woman was later released.

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The full medical examiner's report won't be available for three to four weeks, and no more information was available. As a reminder, vandalism of any public property is strictly prohibited.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu took these photographs of the removal of the P.G.T. Beauregard statue and posted them on his verified Twitter page.

"New Orleans' City Council approved the move a year ago, but officials were met with opposition from supporters who fought to keep the monuments up".

The city says they are in the process of being crated and stored in city-owned warehouses or secure facilities. The removals have occurred during the evening and early-morning hours. Just last week, Civil District Court Kern Reese denied a third request for preliminary injunction specifically confirming City's right to move Beauregard.

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