New Orleans Removes Statue of Jefferson Davis
New Orleans removes another confederate era monument.
Protesters in favor of the removal showed up shouting “take it down” while some monument supporters were also on the scene.
— Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu) May 11, 2017
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WWL reports the removal was done during the overnight hours.
This is a statement released by the City of New Orleans on the removal of the Jefferson Davis Memorial:
After nearly two years of planning and court battles, City officials began the process today of removing the three remaining monuments that prominently celebrate the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy.” The statues that are being removed were erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the “Cult of the Lost Cause,” a movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy.
There are four prominent monuments in question. The Battle of Liberty Place monument, which was removed three weeks ago, was erected by the Crescent City White League to remember the deadly insurrection led by white supremacists against the City’s racially integrated police department and government. The statue coming down today is the Jefferson Davis statue on Jefferson Davis Parkway. The statues slated to come down next include the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle and the P.G.T. Beauregard equestrian statue on Esplanade Avenue at the entrance to City Park.