Trumpet star Blanchard: Confederate statue removal historic


About 200 people gathered near the P.G.T. Beauregard monument near City Park late Tuesday as crews removed the seven-ton bronze statue from its marble base.

"Today we take another step in defining our city not by our past but by our bright future", Landrieu said in a news release.

It was the third of four such monuments to be taken down under a proposal by Mayor Mitch Landrieu that was approved by the City Council more than a year ago.

Beauregard's statue, near City Park, was erected in 1915 in honor of the prominent general who led the attack on Fort Sumter in SC, a siege that marked the beginning of the Civil War.

No word yet from New Orleans City Hall yet, but Beauvoir Estate in Biloxi is offering to be the new home for the statues crews are taking down in the Crescent City.

The city of New Orleans removed the third of four monuments to Confederate leaders in the early morning hours, Wednesday. Instead they said, "To ensure the safety of residents, contractors, and the community at large during the monument removal process, City personnel took place in public safety and homeland security operations".

Grand monuments to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, along with General Robert E. Lee and others line the street into downtown Richmond.

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The crowd of onlookers, about evenly divided between statue supporters and opponents, were mostly subdued, though a few individuals shouted at one another across the police barricade separating them. The most contentious battle over the monuments is shifting to Charlottesville, Va., where torch-wielding protesters organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer recently marched in support of keeping a statue of Gen.

The workers who removed the Beauregard statue around 3 a.m. Wednesday went about their job in face-concealing gear and under the protection of both mounted police and police snipers, according to witnesses at the scene.

It had been tied up in legal battles over efforts to remove it since at least the 1980s. The monument was meant to honor the members of the White League who died during the battle.

Last week, the city removed a 6-foot statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from its pedestal. It's been there since 1915. It was unveiled in 1884. The city secured private funding to remove the monuments, the mayor's office has said.

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Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer pushed back against the demonstrations, saying in a statement: "I want everyone to know this: We reject this intimidation".