New Orleans removes Beauregard statue

Cameron Gross
May 19, 2017

The plan to remove Civil War-era monuments in New Orleans came nearly two years ago after Landrieu said he wanted four monuments removed: the Jefferson Davis, Liberty Place, the P.G.T Beauregard, and the General Robert E. Lee in the heart of the city. The third of those four monuments-a statue of Confederate general P.G.T. Beauregard dressed in his Confederate States Army uniform while riding a horse-came down during the early a.m. hours on Wednesday.

Removal of the statues has sparked a backlash among some supporters who claim the monuments are part of history. Recent court rulings cleared the way for the monuments to be removed and relocated following heated public debate and legal fights. It commemorated what came to be known as the Battle of Liberty Place, in 1874 - a rebellion by whites who battled a biracial Reconstruction-era government in New Orleans. City officials said the removal process will begin at 9 a.m. Friday. "This is something I never thought I'd see in my lifetime".

New Orleans police say they've arrested a father and son for spray painting the base of a statue of a Confederate general that was removed earlier in the day.

The statues were erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the "lost cause of the Confederacy", a movement recognized across the South as promoting white supremacy, according to a press release from the mayor's office. They also can not be displayed outdoors on public property within the city.

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Local media displayed images of monument supporters waving Confederate battle flags while their opponents stood nearby peacefully. Democrats in the House attempted to stack a series of amendments to the measure, including instituting automatic voter registrations and giving local governments the ability to put issues like raising the minimum wage and establishing equal pay to a vote among the people, if it also was to include the monument issue.

The effort to remove the New Orleans monuments is part of a larger controversy surrounding Confederate symbols in cities nationwide. Instead moving as quickly as possible to remove them in the middle of the night.

Backlash against removing Confederate monuments in the city has been building.

Regarding the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument, the city said Tuesday that because "intimidation, threats, and violence, serious safety concerns remain", so it would not provide a timeline. No date has been set for the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Circle.

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