Mayor Mitch Landrieu to give remarks on removal of four Confederate statues

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

Shortly after 3 a.m. on Wednesday, city workers donning helmets and bulletproof vests removed a statue of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard. Crews finally lifted the statue off its pedestal just after 3 a.m., almost seven hours after they first arrived, to loud cheers and a handful of jeers.

"Today we take another step in defining our City not by our past but by our bright future", New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) said in a news release.

Early Wednesday, a crowd of onlookers cheered as New Orleans removed a monument to General Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard, a military hero of the slave-owning Confederate States of America.

An American flag will stand where the Davis statue used to be, and the area where the Liberty Place monument used to stand "will remain as is".

Landrieu has been criticized by activists with the pro-monument group Save Our Circle for funding the removal of public monuments with private donations that have never been officially disclosed.

The effort to remove the New Orleans monuments is part of larger controversy surrounding Confederate symbols in cities nationwide.

The city plans to have extra security around the Lee statue Friday morning and will block off a one-block radius around Lee Circle to cars before and during the removal in anticipation of protests. The statue of P.G.T. Beauregard and the base of the Jefferson Davis Memorial were spotted Wednesday outside amid scrap and city vehicles at what is called a maintenance lot.

Museum officials are in the process of figuring out if the statues are Louisiana landmarks and if legal actions need to be taken before being brought to Mississippi.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for the removal of the monument in the wake of the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a SC church. Of course we have Robert E Lee.

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.

Marksbury says the group is now considering filing a contempt of court charge against the city and the mayor because he says they failed to do what they said they would to protect the statues. According to authorities, an officer saw the men allegedly painting the base of the monument with the words "Gen. Beauregard CSA".

The first monument removed of David Beauregard was recently found in a maintenance yard next to trash. As with two earlier statue removals, it happened in the dark.

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