Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Final Confederate statue coming down in New Orleans


The conservative columnist said, Landrieu "should actually pay attention to what PGT Beauregard and Robert E. Lee did to reconcile the wounds of the nation after the war and especially Beauregard who is a Louisiana native who grew up in it was a leading citizen of New Orleans doing wonderful things for the city both before and after the war and who put himself on the line not just for reconciliation between the states but for racial reconciliation". The city announced late Tuesday that it had begun the process of removing a statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard - the third of four monuments city officials plan to take down across the city. "How the city can get away with moving a 102-year-old monument, against the advice of the Lt. Governor and Attorney General, and without first proving ownership, defies any sort of logic." . NOLA.com reports that acclaimed jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard was also on site. He said the removal itself was a historic moment. "This is something I never thought I'd see in my lifetime".

The statues were erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the "lost cause of the Confederacy", a movement recognized across the South as promoting white supremacy, according to a press release from the mayor's office.

New Orleans police say they've arrested a father and son for spray painting the base of a statue of a Confederate general that was removed earlier in the day. It's an image of Lee standing tall in uniform, with his arms crossed defiantly, looking toward the northern horizon from atop a roughly 60-foot-tall column. The removal of the statue comes after the city has already taken down a statue of Jefferson Davis, the Confederacy's only president, and a memorial to a white rebellion against a biracial Reconstruction-era government in the city.

The statues would be put in storage while the city looks for a suitable place to display them, the mayor has said.

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

"With today's vote, hopefully we move forward to assure that the people have a voice in that process and can decide what they will and will not allow to remain in their public spaces", Carmody said Monday. The most famous monument left-wing groups are targeting is the President Andrew Jackson monument which sits at the center for the city's French Quarter.

Monument supporters said the statues remember and honour history. Of course we have Robert E Lee.

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