Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

New Orleans set to remove Robert E. Lee statue

New Orleans set to remove Robert E. Lee statue

The most recent removal happened early Wednesday morning, when the 102-year-old bronze statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard was removed from the Bayou St. John entrance to City Park.

"Bring it home", said Tom Payne, Executive Director at the Beauvoir, when he found out one of the Confederate statues taken down in New Orleans is of Jefferson Davis.

Landrieu had proposed the removal of the monuments after the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a SC church.

Lee is the final of four monuments marked for removal by the New Orleans City Council.

The city of New Orleans plans to take down the confederate statue on Friday, May 18, 2017, completing the southern citys removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive.

New Orleans police say they've arrested a father and son for spray painting the base of a statue of a Confederate general that was removed earlier in the day.

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

Landrieu has been criticized by activists with the pro-monument group Save Our Circle for funding the removal of public monuments with private donations that have never been officially disclosed.

Those wanting to keep the monument argue in favor of their historical significance. "They cheered the daughters of the Confederate chief, who seemed much affected by this mark of respect, and wave their handkerchief to the ex-soldiers as they passed", The Picayune account reads.

That granite obelisk, erected in 1891, was the least prominent monument and the first removed. An inscription extolling white supremacy was added in 1932. It commemorated the Battle of Liberty Place - a rebellion in 1874 by whites against a biracial Reconstruction-era government in New Orleans.

As of midday Friday, there was more of a street-party vibe. How does he feel about the use of the confederate flag in promoting the keeping of the monuments?

The Lee statue, erected in 1884 in honor of the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, is arguably the most prominent of the four because of its location at Lee Circle, a major traffic hub at the edge of the Lower Garden District and the Central Business District.

A legal dispute about the ownership of the land where the Beauregard statue was has been settled and the leaders of the Monumental Task Committee tell reporters they have exhausted all legal remedies to try to block the removal of this statue at City Park.

Landrieu said the statues will be put in storage while the city looks for a suitable place to display them, such as a museum.

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