Central Standard Time Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from the entrance to City Park in New Orleans. 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.
And if critics of the removal don’t believe that, “the people of New Orleans believe it and we don’t want these statues in places of reverence, they need to be in places of remembrance”, said Landrieu, who plans a Friday afternoon speech to city residents.
The Robert E. Lee statue was a familiar landmark for tourists and commuters who travel busy St. Charles Avenue by auto or on one of the city’s historic streetcars.
“Today we take another step in defining our City not by our past but by our bright future“, Landrieu said in the statement. The city of New Orleans plans to take down the confederate statue on Friday, May 18, 2017, completing the so.
Statues and flags honoring the Confederacy have been removed from public spaces across the United States since 2015, after a white supremacist murdered nine black parishioners at a SC church.
Of the Confederate past, he said: “It’s my history, but it’s not my heritage”.
The removal process has been anything but easy.
Officials took down the statue of P.G.T. Beauregard early Wednesday – the 3rd of four Confederate-era monuments the city targeted for removal. Contractors involved in the removal process have been threatened; statue supporters sued repeatedly to keep the statues up. Workers removing the first two memorials generally wore bulletproof vests, helmets and face coverings to shield their identities as the work took place well after midnight to minimize attention.
New Orleans will remove a statue on Friday of Confederate military leader Robert E. Lee, the last of four monuments the city is taking down because they have been deemed racially offensive, officials said.
Landrieu called for removing the monuments in the emotional aftermath of the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a SC church.
Workers at the Beauregard removal Tuesday night also covered their faces and wore helmets but the atmosphere appeared slightly more low-key, with work starting in the evening after sunset. Demonstrators have come out to protest their removal while waving Confederate battle flags. But the situation was largely peaceful. However, things took a different turn this time around when an ad hoc brass band showed up to celebrate the occasion.
Private funding raised by the city will pay for the removal of the landmarks, Landrieu’s office has said.
New Orleans police said they arrested the man as they were spraying graffiti in red lettering on the base of the monument that read “Gen. Beauregard CSA”. The statue came down just after 3 a.m. Lee’s is the last to be removed in accordance with a 2015 City Council vote.
Lee’s removal was planned during the day, and announced in advance.
The statues would be put in storage while the city looks for a suitable place to display them, the mayor has said. “It’s a sign that the world is changing”.
Monument supporters, said the works are a way to remember and honor history. But to some it was the most objectionable.
The effort to remove the New Orleans monuments is part of a larger controversy surrounding Confederate symbols in cities nationwide. Statues to the Confederacy’s only president Jefferson Davis and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard followed in quick succession until only Lee was left. It’s been there since 1915.
The statue of Lee, who commanded Confederate armies fighting the United States in the Civil War, will be taken down from atop a 60-foot-high pedestal where it was been since 1884.