New Orleans takes down 3rd Confederate-era monument

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The announcement comes as the city prepares Thursday evening to remove the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle, the last of four monuments originally slated for removal. Shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday, crew workers yanked the Beauregard statue from its perch and lowered it to a truck as scattered cheers broke out.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu first proposed removing the monuments in the summer of 2015, and the City Council approved the move later that year.

The city of New Orleans has removed yet another monument earlier this morning.

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

"He has introduced racial and other discord into her city that was healing", said Hillyer about Landrieu.

Among the witnesses was Terence Blanchard, a celebrated New Orleans trumpet player who told Nola.comThe Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/2rqKQWv) that he headed for the scene with his wife and two daughters when he learned that the statue was coming down.

Monument workers covered their faces and wore bulletproof vests and helmets for safety while removing the first two memorials of The White Rebellion and Jefferson Davis.

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The Jefferson Davis statue came down overnight last week, and Liberty Place came down in mid-April.

"It is through acts of courage and standing for what is right that we will build the city of our dreams", Landrieu said in a statement on Wednesday.

Die-hard monument supporters say the removal was an affront to history.

"To me, they are a historic landmark in the city, like a placeholder that has survived countless hurricanes", said a man who only identified himself as George.

It had been tied up in legal battles over efforts to remove it since at least the 1980s. Dylann Roof, an avowed white supremacist, shot and killed nine black parishioners at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

In St. Louis, Missouri, Mayor Lyda Krewson has committed to removing a 32-foot tall Confederate monument from a park.

The P.G.T. Beauregard equestrian statue on Esplanade Avenue at the entrance to City Park, was erected in 1915 in honor of Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, a General of the Confederate army who led the attack on Fort Sumter, which marked the beginning of the Civil War. The statue of P.G.T. Beauregard that once stood at the entrance to New Orleans' City Park is now gone. It was unveiled in 1884. A Civil District Court judge refused to issue an injunction to stop the impending removal, leading monument advocates seek a temporary restraining order from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.

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