Conferederate monument in New Orleans comes down


The statues slated to come down next include the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle and the P.G.T. Beauregard equestrian statue on Esplanade Avenue at the entrance to City Park.

Davis' statue was the second of four monuments to the Confederate era that the City Council, at Landrieu's behest, voted 6-1 to take down.

Historic societies in New Orleans sued to block the statues' removal, but an appeals court ruled the monuments belonged to the city and therefore the city had power to remove, but not destroy, the statues.

"Three weeks ago, we began a challenging but long overdue process of removing four statues that honor the 'Lost Cause of the Confederacy.' Today we continue the mission", Landrieu said.

Crews removed the White League memorial at Liberty Place that night, which prompted a wrap people-many from out of town-to camp out in front of the monuments.

Some of the pro-monument demonstrators chanted "Mitch for prison" - a reference to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is backing the monuments' removal. It wants to eliminate 23 statues and hundreds of names of slaveholders and Confederate soldiers from public schools and streets. She also said the city of New Orleans needed to "stop living under the shadow of slavery".

"If we're not going to commit to the dialogue, [the removal of these statues] is not going to make a difference". However, that doesn't mean we must valorize the ugliest chapters, as we do when we put the Confederacy on a pedestal - literally - in our most prominent public places. They say that Confederate iconography represents heritage.

Multiple protesters were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace on Sunday after a fight broke out at an event held to celebrate the removal of the Liberty Place monument.

More barricades have been placed around the Jefferson Davis statue at Canal St. and S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy.

Barricades set up by NOPD in advance of the removal seemed created to act as corrals that protesters could be directed into and which would allow a line of barriers and police to remain between the two groups. "We should not be afraid to confront and reconcile our past", the mayor added.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the original removal contractor pulled out after receiving death threats and having one of its cars set on fire. The most famous monument left-wing groups are targeting is the President Andrew Jackson monument which sits at the center for the city's historical French Quarter District.

The victory in SC for proponents of removing Confederate symbols from public spaces, state emblems, colleges and historical sites preceded a wave of protest in the region, ultimately leading to decision to remove the statues in New Orleans.