New Orleans crews remove statue of Confederate general

Cameron Gross
May 20, 2017

"New Orleans is one of the highest crime rate cities in the nation".

The Robert E. Lee statue was a familiar landmark for tourists and commuters who travel busy St. Charles Avenue by auto or on one of the city's historic streetcars.

Most recently, the Monumental Task Committee launched a long-shot legal battle in an effort to save the Beauregard statue.

Workers in New Orleans took down a Confederate monument to Gen. PGT Beauregard shortly after 3am Wednesday, the third of four such monuments to come down in the city as part of a removal process that has been anything but easy.

Burnt in effigy, forever, is the symbol of Mayor Mitch Landrieu for up-ending what the monument protectors consider to be the loving civil society of New Orleans.

In December 2015, Mayor Landrieu signed an ordinance calling for the removal and relocation of the four prominent Confederate monuments displayed publicly in the City of New Orleans, citing that these statues did not reflect the diversity, values or full history of the City and should be removed.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu first proposed the removal of Confederate monuments in 2015, and the city council approved the decision previous year.

The statue of General PGT Beauregard is the third of four monuments the city has taken down.

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"The cultural and economic and the spiritual loss to this city for having those statues up that have run people out of the city", Landrieu claimed.

Landrieu says taking down a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will allow his city to "heal and become the city we always should have been".

Monument supporters, said the works are a way to remember and honor history.

The Louisiana House of Representatives passed a measure on Monday that would require local governments to hold referendums before removing any Confederate monuments. The city has not given a time frame for Lee's removal due to "intimidation, threats, and violence, serious safety concerns remain".

The City is in the process of determining a more appropriate place to display the statues post-removal, such as a museum or other site, where they can be placed in their proper historical context from a dark period of American history. Lee's is the last to be removed in accordance with a 2015 City Council vote.

Edwards, a Democrat, attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, just like some of the Confederate soldiers depicted in the statues. The demonstration attracted more than 700 people, including counter-protesters who carried Confederate flags.

Workers in New Orleans on Friday began the removal of a Confederate monument, the fourth and final removal in the city's controversial plan to free itself from what the mayor and many others characterized as public homages to slavery and white supremacy. The removal of the statue comes after the city ha.

The statue of Lee - who surrendered the Confederate Army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in 1865, effectively ending the Civil War - is the first to be taken down in the light of day.

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