It's been nearly 18 months since the New Orleans City Council voted 6-1 to remove three monuments to Confederate leaders and one monument to a Reconstruction-era white supremacist revolt, but the formidable structures have only started coming down during the past few weeks. They'll be sitting in an unlocked storage yard, next to piles of scrap - at least for now.
Workers took down a Confederate monument to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard in New Orleans early Wednesday as people watched from lawn chairs, defiant statue supporters waved Confederate battle flags and opponents celebrated.
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Unveiled in 1911, the memorial to the Confederacy's only president was on a green space in the Mid-City neighbourhood, the second monument removed.
The three other monuments have already been removed, with the most recent being the Beauregard statue.
Protesters hold Conferderate flags across the street from the Jefferson Davis monument in New Orleans on May 4.
Check back for more. The killer, Dylann Roof, was an avowed racist who brandished Confederate battle flags in photos, recharging the debate over whether Confederate emblems represent racism or an honourable heritage. The most famous monument left-wing groups are targeting is the President Andrew Jackson monument which sits at the center for the city's French Quarter. Since 1915, his statue had been at a traffic circle near the entrance to New Orleans City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
The city plans to have extra security around the Lee statue Friday morning and will block off a one-block radius around Lee Circle to cars before and during the removal in anticipation of protests.
Hillyer said his comment is not just some random right-wing response but reflects how bad Landrieu has handled the monument situation. The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority said Thursday afternoon that detours for the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line would be in place around the roundabout until further notice. "It's always made me feel as if they were put there by people who don't respect us". But to some it was the most objectionable. "How the city can get away with moving a 102-year-old monument, against the advice of the Lt. Governor and Attorney General, and without first proving ownership, defies any sort of logic." . An inscription extolling white supremacy was added in 1932. The monument, an estimated 18 feet tall, had a bronze likeness of Davis standing astride a tall stone pedestal. Beauregard is the general who ordered the first shots of the Civil War at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, in 1861. It was unveiled in 1884.
"He has introduced racial and other discord into her city that was healing", said Hillyer about Landrieu.