Confederate Monument Comes Down

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

The PGT Beauregard monument is the third of four confederate-era monuments removed from the city in recent weeks.

One of the controversial confederate monuments removed from New Orleans could find a new home in Biloxi.

The monument is the third of four monuments to the Confederacy scheduled to be removed from the city.

The City Council voted 6-1 in 2015 to remove the monuments after several contentious public meetings marred by heckling and debate.

Backlash against removing New Orleans' Confederate monuments has been building.

The city of New Orleans plans to take down the confederate statue on Friday, May 18, 2017, completing the southern city's removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive.

The Lee statue was erected in 1884 in honor of the military leader of the Army of Northern Virginia.

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All three were removed after-hours, with little to no prior announcement from the city. The giant statue of Robert E. Lee in the middle of Lee Circle. "Learning more about the history of what it really represents, more than just it's a work of art, it's a statue, the reasons why it was put up in the first place, I think it's time to take them down". How does he feel about the use of the confederate flag in promoting the keeping of the monuments? There's now one confederate monument that's still slated for removal: the statue of Robert E. Lee.

Those removing the first two memorials generally wore bullet-resistant vests, helmets and face coverings to shield their identities as the work took place well after midnight to minimize attention.

Statues and flags honoring the Confederacy have been removed from public spaces across the United States since 2015, after a white supremacist murdered nine black parishioners at a SC church.

The Lee monument's removal was believed to pose special challenges because of its location and height.

"It is through acts of courage and standing for what is right that we will build the city of our dreams", Landrieu said in a statement on Wednesday.

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"I think now as they stand without any context, they are an endorsement of a shameful past", Mayor Levar Stoney said. The statue coming down today is the P.G.T. Beauregard equestrian statue on Esplanade Avenue at the entrance to City Park. We are very happy to see this Beauregard Statue go down.

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