New Orleans Takes Down 3rd of 4 Confederate-Era Monuments


New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday said workers removed a statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard from City Park, calling it a "another step forward for our city". The city already has removed the statue of the Confederacy's only president and a memorial to a white rebellion against a biracial Reconstruction-era government in the city.

The City Council voted in 2015 to remove monuments honoring two of the Confederacy's best-known generals - Beauregard and Robert E. Lee - as well as Confederate President Jefferson Davis and a 19th-century white supremacist militia.

The PGT Beauregard monument is the third of four confederate-era monuments removed from the city in recent weeks. The city announced late Tuesday that it had begun the process of removing a statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard — the third of four monuments city officials plan to take down across the city.

"The monuments are a big, big thing about who we are as a people, and I would say to the people who don't want us to take them down who don't live here, if you want them, maybe you can make an offer to come get them, but the people of New Orleans have a right to control their own property", Landrieu said. Therefore, the City will not share details on a removal timeline for the Robert E. Lee statue. Beauregard is the general who ordered the first shots of the Civil War at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, in 1861.

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Payne said the 52-acre estate has a museum where the monuments could be put in the correct historical context.

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The city of New Orleans removed a Confederate monument Wednesday, after months of pushback and violent threats that have stalled the process.

The bronze of P.G.T. Beauregard and his horse was lifted from its base a little after 3 a.m. Wednesday (Claire Byun).

Such removals in the future might be left up to the public, as the Louisiana House passed a bill Monday that would protect Confederate monuments in the state by requiring a special election for voters to approve the action. After several hours and false starts on the statue, with crews dismantling the straps and unhooking the crane several times, the crowd traded bards, sang "Happy Birthday" to a WVUE-TV cameraman (though the Confederate group transitioned the song into "Dixie"), and, around 1 a.m., a brass band emerged from Esplanade and walked to the barricade, chanting "take them down" as a crowd swarmed around them and danced. An inscription extolling white supremacy was added in 1932.

Supporters say removing the monuments is akin to erasing history.

"When I was a little girl the statue was something fun that I drove by on my way to school", said Janet Rupert, a supporter of removing the monuments.