Mayor: Statue removal will allow city to heal

New Orleans crews begin removing statue of Confederate general

"Today we take another step in defining our City not by our past but by our bright future", New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) said in a news release.

The city of New Orleans has begun the process of removing the P.G.T. Beauregard monument at City Park.

Landrieu says taking down a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will allow his city to "heal and become the city we always should have been".

In Charlottesville, Virginia, the city council voted narrowly in February to remove a bronze statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and to rename Lee Park, where the statue stands.

The equestrian statue of Confederate Gen. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard honors the military leader who died in New Orleans in 1893.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - They are among the city's oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of New Orleans as the Superdome and St. Louis Cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of Confederate stalwarts. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are present to ensure public safety.

The statue - which honors the man who led a Confederate army in the attack that launched the Civil War - is the third of four Confederate-era monuments vowed to take down, according to the city.

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During a Special Meeting of the New Orleans City Council, members of the City Council voted 6-1 in support of Ordinance Calendar No. 31,082, which declared that the four Confederate monuments are nuisances pursuant to Section 146-611 of the Code of the City of New Orleans and should be removed from their prominent locations in New Orleans. City Park issued a statement Tuesday evening saying that it doesn't have any information indicating that it owns the statue, rather than the city.

City officials are trying to divorce New Orleans from symbols celebrating the Confederacy.

Many in the crowd at the unveiling wore grey and took off their hats when a band played "Dixie" and "The Bonnie Blue Flag", a marching song often associated with the confederacy.

Those three statues were taken down in the pre-dawn hours without advance public notice, a precautionary measure after officials said threats had been made against contractors and workers involved in the effort. Instead, perhaps these statues come to life and roam the streets, Godzilla-style, at night. It was commissioned by the Jefferson Davis Memorial Association.

The statues may be placed in a museum or another site at some point, "where they can be placed in their proper historical context from a dark period of American history", city spokesman Tyronne Walker said.

The public memorials to Beauregard and other heroes of the U.S. Civil War's pro-slavery Confederacy have been denounced by critics as an affront to the ideals of multi-racial tolerance and diversity in the majority-black Louisiana city.

The MTC is a volunteer-run monument preservation organization that was founded in New Orleans in 1989. Kennedy says he loves his native South.

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