Judge rejects effort to block Confederate statue's removal

Cameron Gross
May 17, 2017

A New Orleans school, located near a monument that honors Confederate President Jefferson Davis, warned parents on Wednesday that the statue would be removed Thursday, according to an audio recording heard by ABC News.

The New Orleans City Council voted to remove the statue of Davis, along with three other Confederate landmarks, in December 2015.

New Orleans' Jefferson Davis monument was defaced in 2004 with the words "Slave Owner".

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. Why would the city not want to "walk away forever" from a monument that glorifies the warriors who died trying to preserve the right to continue the enslavement of black people?

"Hey white supremacy ain't tryna talk to ya, I'm gonna knock that statue down with my Altima", says a Take Em' Down NOLA protester.

Barricades set up by NOPD in advance of the removal seemed created to act as corrals that protesters could be directed into and which would allow a line of barriers and police to remain between the two groups.

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"These monuments have stood not as historic or educational markers of our legacy of slavery and segregation, but in celebration of it", Mayor Landrieu said today in a released statement. However, that doesn't mean we must valorize the ugliest chapters, as we do when we put the Confederacy on a pedestal - literally - in our most prominent public places. Davis was president of the Confederate States of America, a group of states that seceded from the US and led to the Civil War. The Civil War Trust notes that "Davis' popularity and effectiveness were not enhanced by the growing numbers of Confederate defeats", and Davis was captured in the waning days of the war by Union soldiers after he had fled the Confederate capital in Richmond. The statue was first unveiled in 1911. About fifty police officers encircled the monument and kept watch on the protesters.

Workers wore helmets as well as what appeared to be tactical vests and face masks. The slayings re-charged the debate over whether Confederate emblems represent racism or an honorable heritage. A crew could be seen atop a crane, wrapping the statue in bubble wrap.

Small groups of pro-monument protesters have maintained a constant vigil at the statue since April 24, when the city took down the monument to the Battle of Liberty Place at the end of Iberville Street. The monument marked a deadly fight between members of the "Crescent City White League", a group opposed to the city's biracial police force and state militia after the Civil War.

The Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle on St. Charles Ave.is the other Confederate-area monument still standing.

The statue will be stored in a city warehouse until a permanent location can be determined, officials said.

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