New Orleans Takes Down Confederate Statue
- Author: Alfonso Moody May 11, 2017,
May 11, 2017, 23:20
"This has gone on an inordinate amount of time", Judge Kern Reese said as he outlined reasons for his refusal to grant an injunction protecting the statue of Gen. P.G.T Beauregard.
The paper reports that parents of students at a school located near the statue received a robocall about the removal, citing New Orleans Police Department as the source of the information.
Before the monument could be removed, police had to clear the immediate area of demonstrators - both supporters of the monuments and those who want them taken away.
As the statue was lifted from its perch on a grassy median along one of the city's main thoroughfares, a cheer went up from some of the dozens of protesters on the scene who have been pushing for the monument's removal.
That monument honored a rebellion by whites who battled a biracial Reconstruction-era government in New Orleans.
"Another historic monument was removed under the cover of darkness using amateur, masked workers in armor, unmarked vehicles and equipment with a heavy police presence", said Peter McGraw, president of the Monumental Task Committee in a statement. St. Louis - and black people in St. Louis - have more pressing concerns than the continued public display of this offensive monument and its revisionist history, yes, we know that.
"This morning we continue our march to reconciliation by removing the Jefferson Davis Confederate statue from its pedestal of reverence", Landrieu said in a statement on Thursday.More news: Thousands of people fill arena to hear from Warren Buffett
A monument of Jefferson Davis is removed in New Orleans.
The city began the process to remove the monuments late in 2015, but court challenges tied up the move - approved by the city council in a 6-1 vote - until recently. Protests that have at times turned violent have erupted at the site of the Jefferson Davis Monument after the Battle at Liberty Place monument was taken down in the middle of the night on April 24. Roof had said he meant to start a race war with the killings.
In other countries, monuments of former leaders are displayed with other statues to put them in historical context.
Landrieu was elected twice while campaigning to remove the Civil War symbols that many say represent racism and white supremacy in the city that's predominantly African-American. Police kept supporters and opponents of the move apart.
Workers prepare to take down the Jefferson Davis statue in New Orleans, Thursday, May 11, 2017.
The Confederate Monument, dedicated in 1914, attempts to glorify those who died defending race-based chattel slavery in the United States.