New Orleans Prepares To Take Down Statue Of Gen. Robert E. Lee

New Orleans Prepares To Take Down Statue Of Gen. Robert E. Lee

New Orleans Prepares To Take Down Statue Of Gen. Robert E. Lee

On Friday, the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee became the last of New Orleans's four contested monuments to go, an end to more than 130 years of publicly honoring a man who embodied Southern pride and racial oppression.

The towering sculpture of Lee, dedicated with great fanfare in 1884, was one of the first Confederate monuments erected in the South and the last of four contentious Civil War-related structures slated for removal by the historic Southern city. City Park officials will gather ideas for a new feature near the park entrance to replace the monument to Beauregard.

General Lee's statue is the first to be removed during daylight.

New Orleans, he said, is still a city with high incarceration rates, high crime rates and awful poverty.

He called them "symbols of white supremacy" and a part of a movement "to rewrite history, to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity". The city of New Orleans plans to take down the confederate statue on Friday, May 18, 2017, completing the so. On one side of Esplanade were a couple dozen monument supporters, who draped Confederate flags over the barricades and waved several others, including a half-Stars and Stripes and half-Confederate flag, a flag that said "President Trump", and two flags symbolizing the 3 Percenters.

City officials closed the circle and rerouted streetcar traffic on Thursday evening, and the removal work took most of the day on Friday. It shows the actual statue of Lee to be 16 feet, 6 inches tall, standing on an 8-foot, 4-inch base.

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Activists with Take 'Em Down NOLA say they now plan to push the City Council to pass an ordinance stating the city should have no buildings, statues or street or school names that reflect negative values of racism and white supremacy. But protesters defiantly opposed to removal were few as the work wore on for hours Friday — though some shouted out against the removal. Statues to the Confederacy's only president Jefferson Davis and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard followed in quick succession until only Lee was left.

"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.

"These statues are not just stone and metal". Landrieu spokeswoman Erin Burns said the city will hold the monuments and consider proposals to move them to government or non-profit entities.

Seriously, Mitch? So, people are literally fleeing the city because of Confederate monuments?

Mayor Mitch Landrieu marked the historic moment with a rousing speech that sought to end almost two years of heated debate in the city over what the monuments said about its past.

Revisionist historians can take The South out of New Orleans, but they can't take New Orleans out of The South.

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On April 24, a monument to a deadly 1874 white supremacist uprising was the first to come down.

The 133-year-old statue depicts General Robert E Lee, the top military leader in the Confederacy, crossing his arms as he faces north towards his old enemy.

The city has received offers from public and private institutions to take individual monuments, so it will solicit proposals on where they will go through an "open and transparent selection".

The city said the statues can not be displayed outdoors on public property in New Orleans. A lawsuit there has stalled that statue's removal for at least six months.

According to the city, Lee's statue will be replaced by a water feature and public art, while a US flag will be placed at the site of the Davis statue.

Landrieu plans to address city residents later in the afternoon.

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