New Orleans: Next Confederate statue falls to cheers, jeers

New Orleans: Next Confederate statue falls to cheers, jeers

New Orleans: Next Confederate statue falls to cheers, jeers

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will speak Friday afternoon about the city's efforts to remove the four Confederate monuments, the Times-Picayune reported.

Landrieu addressed the city and select patrons at Gallier Hall about the end of the removal of the four monuments that included monuments to The Battle of Liberty Place, the Jefferson Davis Memorial and the monument to P.G.T. Beauregard.

Workers in New Orleans took down a Confederate monument to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard early Wednesday as onlookers watched from lawn chairs, while defiant monument supporters waved Confederate battle flags and monument opponents celebrated.

Still awaiting removal is the statue of Robert E. Lee, whose likeness stands atop a column in the center of Lee Circle.

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"It's not good to continue to revere a false version of history and put the Confederacy on a pedestal", Landrieu, who is white, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

But doing away with them has met with staunch resistance from groups who argue the statues are nevertheless important symbols of the city's Southern heritage.

There's now one confederate monument that's still slated for removal: the statue of Robert E. Lee. The city has not given a time frame for Lee's removal due to "intimidation, threats, and violence, serious safety concerns remain".

"Do you think she feels inspired and hopeful by that story, do those monuments help her see her future with limitless potential?" he said.

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Others felt the city has bigger problems Mayor Mitch Landrieu is ignoring other than removing the monuments. This is hard to comprehend for a number of reasons-the monument is on the National Register of Historic Places, its removal disgraces Louisiana people of Creole descent, and Beauregard was one of Louisiana's first civil rights leaders. Only nonprofits and government entities will be allowed to take part, and the city said the process will not include the Beauregard statue because of legal issues.

The four Confederate monuments in New Orleans were erected between 1884 and 1915, after Reconstruction and during the era of Jim Crow laws. Crews also took down a monument memorializing a deadly white supremacist uprising in 1874. In 1989, construction on Canal Street forced the removal of the monument, but it was relocated to its past location on Iberville Street in 1993.

Beauregard commanded the attack at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, at the outbreak of the Civil War.

Workers in New Orleans on Friday began the removal of a Confederate monument, the fourth and final removal in the city's controversial plan to free itself from what the mayor and many others characterized as public homages to slavery and white supremacy. New Orleans was one of the largest ports active in the slave trade, where thousands of souls "were bought, sold and shipped up the Mississippi River to lives of forced labor, of misery, of rape and torture", he said. Kennedy says he loves his native South.

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