New Orleans removes third Confederate-era monument


The city of New Orleans, Louisiana, says it has begun taking down a monument to General P.G.T Beauregard Tuesday night.

The removal of several Confederate statues has been a contentious topic in New Orleans, as groups for and against the move have taken to the streets in protest.

There is new information involving the cost to remove four of the city's Confederate-era monuments, and we had questions for the city about why two of the statues are now sitting in a city lot and not in a warehouse like the mayor's office had asserted.

City officials said in a statement Tuesday evening that the Beauregard monument, the third Confederate monument targeted for removal, would be removed over the next few hours.

Authorities in New Orleans have now removed a third monument from the Civil War era. One day after clashing demonstrations at Lee Circle, monument supporters rallied at outside City Park on May 8 to support Richard Marksbury's request for a temporary restraining order to stop the city from removing the monument.

Pierre McGraw, President of the Monumental Task Committee which sought to keep the monuments, called the mayor's actions an "insult" to all who donated money to build them and "honour the memory of their fallen family members".

Efforts to remove Confederate statues are underway in other parts of the South. An inscription extolling white supremacy was added in 1932.

Unveiled in 1911, the memorial to the Confederacy's only president was on a green space in the Mid-City neighbourhood, the second monument removed.

Every year, the Festa Confederada (Confederate Party) is held in Santa Barbara d'Oeste, north of São Paulo, to commemorate the Confederate ancestry of the approximately 10,000 to 20,000 Southerners who fled the USA for Brazil after the Civil War, establishing a colony that became known as Americana.

The Crescent City White League monument was taken down on April 24 and the Davis statue on May 11. The statue of P.G.T. Beauregard that once stood at the entrance to New Orleans' City Park is now gone. Instead they said, "To ensure the safety of residents, contractors, and the community at large during the monument removal process, City personnel took place in public safety and homeland security operations". It's been there since 1915.

"I believe this proposal balances the inclusive morals of our community today, while carefully preserving historic artifacts from our past that can be used to further educate and serve as important lessons in today's society", said Mayor Buddy Dyer, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

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. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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