Robert E. Lee monument in New Orleans could come down overnight

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 20, 2017

The New Orleans City Council voted to remove the statue 16 months ago in December 2015 and three other monuments that have already been removed including a statue of Confederate Jefferson Davis, Confederate P.G.T. Beauregard, and the white supremacist Battle of Liberty Place White League monument.

The Jefferson Davis statue on Jefferson Davis Parkway was removed last week.The P.G.T. Beauregard equestrianstatue on Esplanade Avenue at the entrance to City Park was removed Wednesday, and thestatue slated tocome down next is the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle. the City of New Orleans' effortsto remove monuments thatprominently celebrate the "Lost Cause of theConfederacy".

Streets near the city's Lee Circle - where the monument stands - were blocked off by early Friday in preparation for the dismantling that's scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

The statue of Lee, who commanded Confederate armies fighting the United States in the Civil War, will be taken down from atop a 60-foot (18 meters)-high pedestal where it was been since 1884.

Landrieu called for the monuments' removal in the lingering emotional aftermath of the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a SC church. The killer, Dylann Roof, was an avowed racist who brandished Confederate battle flags in photos. Of the Confederate past, he says: "It's my history, but it's not my heritage".

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - They were among the city's oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of New Orleans as the Superdome and St. Louis Cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of Confederate stalwarts.

The push by southern cities to remove monuments and Confederate flags from public display follows the 2015 shooting at a predominantly black church in SC.

The City Council voted 6-1 in 2015 to remove the monuments after a succession of contentious public meetings where impassioned monument supporters and opponents heckled each other.

Workers took down a Confederate monument to Gen.

The Beauvoir Estate also houses a Confederate museum, so, leaders are not only asking for one monument but all of them.

Landrieu drew blistering criticism from monument supporters and even some political allies. For the many who are celebrating the removal of the monuments and enjoy seeing the Confederate-era figure in a scrap yard, the same man who lied to the other side in this case has the ability and willingness to lie to your side, too.

"Mayor Landrieu's actions are an insult to New Orleanians who came before us - the veterans, widows, parents, children, and citizens - who donated their personal money to build and place these monuments where they stand to honor the memory of their fallen family members", said Pierre McGraw, President of the Monumental Task Committee which has been advocating keeping the monuments in place.

As for what will happen to the statues, The Associated Press reports the city is soliciting proposals from nonprofit and government entities and has so far gotten offers from various public and private institutions. FILE - In this September 2, 2015 file photo, the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in Lee Circle in New Orleans.

The column on which the statue stood will remain, and the city will add a water feature. The City Park Improvement Association, civic groups and the city will decided what will go where the Beauregard statue used to stand.

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