Third Confederate statue removed in New Orleans

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

It took more than six hours for workers to remove the bronze statue of Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, which is believed to weigh more than 12,000 pounds.

Last week, a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was removed and placed in a warehouse with the other monuments until an appropriate home for them can be determined.

It was the third of four such monuments to be taken down under a proposal by Mayor Mitch Landrieu that was approved by the City Council more than a year ago.

To qualify for consideration, city officials will review proposals that are include a plan to place the monuments in "their proper historical context from a dark period of American history", Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office said in a statement.

The last of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans, Louisiana could soon come down.

"Removing New Orleans's Confederate monuments from places of prominence is an acknowledgment that it is time to take stock of, and then move past, a painful part of our history", Landrieu wrote. The statues were erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the "Cult of the Lost Cause", a movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy.

The removal of the monuments was prompted by the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a SC church.

The Kimballs were seen by Eighth District Commander Nicholas Gernon spray painting the monument base with the words "Gen. Beauregard CSA".

New Orleans officials say the rest of the monuments are locked up until a permanent location is found. Demonstrators have come out to protest their removal while waving Confederate battle flags.

"I think that would be a win-win for both the city of New Orleans being the donor of those statues here to us and certainly a win for us", he expressed concern.

Blanchard tells the paper he went to high school near the park, and that he always found monuments like the one to Beauregard to be unsettling.

A brass band arrived on the anti-monument side of spectators and chanted "take them down". Some argue the monuments symbolize racial injustice and slavery.

The four Confederate monuments in New Orleans were erected between 1884 and 1915, after Reconstruction and during the era of Jim Crow laws.

It is easily the most prominent of the statues: Lee standing, in uniform, arms crossed defiantly, looking toward the northern horizon from atop a roughly 60-foot-tall pedestal.

Police say the men were arrested Wednesday on a charge of criminal damage to historic buildings or landmarks by defacing with graffiti.

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