New Orleans Begins Removing Second Confederate Monument

Supporters and opponents were separated by barricades, similar to how NOPD organized protesters at Lee Circle on May 7.

The monument will be stored in a city warehouse until a permanent location can be determined, according to organization. "Given the current lawsuit and complexity of the matter, we continue to review the Park's position and can not comment further at this time".

Some of the pro-monument demonstrators chanted "Mitch for prison" - a reference to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu who is backing the monuments' removal. Statues of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard are still standing.

The City removed the first of the four monuments, The Battle of Liberty Place, on April 24, 2017.

Davis' statue was the second of four monuments to the Confederate era that the City Council, at Landrieu's behest, voted 6-1 to take down.


Like an earlier removal, this one was performed in the dark; Kaplan-Levenson says that's because of "death threats against city officials and contractors".

Two years ago, Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed an ordinance that prompted the removal and relocation of four confederate statues. The city, in a press release on Thursday, said the statues were built decades after the Civil War to "celebrate the 'Cult of the Lost Cause, '" a movement it says promotes white supremacy. "I believe we must remember all of our history, but we need not revere it", he added. "They got the workers who are taking it down dressed in black jackets, helmets and their faces are covered, to us that's cowardice", one person there told CNN affiliate WVUE-TV. "And that means we will no longer allow the Confederacy to literally be put on a pedestal in the heart of our city".

The New Orleans monument that was taken down has been the subject of frequent vandalism in past years. "This time it was of Jefferson Davis, the former President of the Confederacy, but who was also a West Point graduate, a hero of the Mexican-American War, and the United States Secretary of War".

In 2004, the words "slave owner" were painted on the base of the monument.

The statues in New Orleans are part of a controversy surrounding Confederate symbols over whether they represent slavery and racial injustice, or heritage. The monument, an estimated 18 feet tall, had a bronze likeness of Davis standing astride a tall stone pedestal. He died in New Orleans in 1893. A last-ditch effort to block the removal of a monument to a Confederate general in New Orleans was rejected Wednesday, May 10, 2017, by a Louisiana judge who turned away arguments that the city doesn't own the statue or the land on which it sits.

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