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Lee statue coming down in New Orleans

Lee statue coming down in New Orleans

Beauregard's statue, near City Park, was erected in 1915 in honor of the prominent general who led the attack on Fort Sumter in SC, a siege that marked the beginning of the Civil War.

"Today we take another step in defining our City not by our past but by our bright future", said Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a statement issued Tuesday around 8:30 p.m. Of course we have Robert E Lee.

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.

Stoney wants to add historical context to the monuments so visitors and residents get a better idea who the statues depict and what they stood for.

New Orleans last week removed a statue of Confederate icon Jefferson Davis from Mid-City as part of a "march to reconciliation". The statue of P.G.T. Beauregard that once stood at the entrance to New Orleans' City Park is now gone.

Workers took down a Confederate monument to Gen.

The preparations were reminiscent of those that preceded the relocation of three other statues that Landrieu first called to be removed from public places in July 2015. 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.

It towered over a traffic circle - Lee Circle - in an area between the office buildings of the city's business district and stately 19th century mansions in the nearby Garden District. Providing public safety for things like peaceful public demonstrations and critical incidents is standard for City government, and the City provides this public safety and logistical support.

Lee is the final of four monuments marked for removal by the New Orleans City Council.

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

What is to become of New Orleans' removed Confederate monuments?

But doing away with the monuments has met with staunch resistance from groups who argue that the statues are nevertheless important symbols of the city's Southern heritage. The city insists that no public money was used, and they say no major equipment was purchased for the work.

The city will begin a competitive RFP process to decide where the statues will eventually go.

"No parking" signs appeared on streets around the circle Thursday morning, and New Orleans police began adding barricades near the site during the day.

New Orleans has already removed statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard and a monument memorializing a deadly 1874 white-supremacist uprising.

There is now one more monument that the city has set for removal, that of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which will surely be the most contentious removal.

"When I was a little girl the statue was something fun that I drove by on my way to school", said Janet Rupert, a supporter of removing the monuments.


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