New Orleans school warns parents of Confederate statue removal

Lauren Perry
May 16, 2017

At issue before state Judge Kern Reese on Wednesday was whether the city owns the monument honoring Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard.

Near 4 a.m. local time, two workers approached the Davis statue in a work lift and wrapped it partially in green plastic.

While efforts to remove Confederate monuments haven't yet reached most of the Gulf Coast, New Orleans isn't the first Southern city to take such steps.

City of Pensacola spokesman Vernon Stewart said last month that while city officials are aware of the developments in New Orleans, there have been "no discussions or plans" regarding Pensacola's monuments. "We should not be afraid to confront and reconcile our past". It was erected by the Crescent City White League to remember a deadly insurrection led by white supremacists against the city's racially integrated government.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for removal of the Confederate memorials in New Orleans in the same spirit. The Davis statue is the second Confederate-era monument to be dismantled.

The following is a statement from the Monumental Task Committee about Thursday's removal of the monument to Jefferson Davis. "The city also did not announce either statues" removal.

Proponents and opponents of the removal plan have taken part in sometimes tense demonstrations at monument sites in the past. Dozens of law enforcement surrounded Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway, blocked in all directions as construction crews brought in a crane, a Budget rental truck with materials, and other equipment. According to NBC, four Confederate statues are being removed overall in Louisiana after legal battles.

To hide their identities, workers wore masks and protective helmets when they removed the statue in the dead of night.

Workers have removed a controversial Confederate symbol in New Orleans under the cover of darkness, but surrounded by throngs of enthusiastic - and also grieving -demonstrators.

"A man points at a machine gun held by a statue supporter" was how the New Orleans Times-Picayune captioned a recent photo from a protective vigil around the monument to Davis.

The victory in SC for proponents of removing Confederate symbols from public spaces, state emblems, colleges and historical sites preceded a wave of protest in the region, ultimately leading to decision to remove the statues in New Orleans.

Landrieu, the first white mayor of mostly black New Orleans since his father Moon held the job in the 1970s, called for removal of the monuments amid the lingering emotional aftermath of the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a SC church. Landrieu said the monuments will be removed and put into storage until a suitable and permanent home can be found.

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