New Orleans takes down 3rd Confederate-era monument

Cameron Gross
May 17, 2017

Although a Civil Court judge turned aside requests for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to halt the statue's removal, the NOCPIA is asserting "certain legal rights in the property" where the statue sits.

A proponent of keeping the statue of Confederate general P.G.T. Beauregard at the entrance to City Park will not appeal a ruling allowing the city to move forward with its removal, he said Tuesday.

But it was not clear as of Tuesday afternoon that would happen.

The city and City Park Improvement Association are participating in good faith negotiations over the next month about the land dispute, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu said it would not stop the removal process.

Monument supporters called on Louisiana's Senate to approve a House-passed bill preventing local governments from removing monuments to military figures without approval by voters. "And actually, if we win, the city has to put them back up".

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Richard Marksbury, a Tulane University professor of Asian studies, said Tuesday he no longer believed he had standing to sue in the case and it would be up to the City Park Improvement Association to continue the suit.

"Mayor Landrieu has clearly indicated that the removal of the monument is imminent, and we hope it will be done safely and that all parties, while exercising their First Amendment rights, respect the laws of our city and state", the letter said.

While the city of New Orleans has not announced when it will remove the statue of the Confederate general, rumors have begun to spread online that it will begin at 8:30 p.m.

"The City has acknowledged NOCPIA's authority to own, manage, and maintain New Orleans City Park property", the association said in a statement.

Police barricades and lights have been set up near the Beauregard monument in recent days, as have signs declaring areas nearby to be no parking zones. The circle had been decorated with Confederate battle flags, American flags, and a large navy blue flag that read "President Trump".

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