Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Landrieu to give special address Friday on removal of Confederate monuments


The PGT Beauregard monument is the third of four confederate-era monuments removed from the city in recent weeks.

The six-ton Beauregard statue is sitting in plain view, next to various old tires and trash. Pictures from other media sites show that part of the Jefferson Davis monument is on the ground next to Beauregard. The bill and the vote arrive as New Orleans is in the middle of removing four Confederate-era statues, and as Shreveport begins discussions about the future of a Confederate monument outside Caddo Parish Courthouse.

Last week, the city removed a 6-foot statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from its pedestal.

Crews started removing Beauregard about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and finished shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday.

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It was the third of four such monuments to come down under a plan proposed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu and approved by the City Council more than a year ago. It's unclear when that will happen.

The statues were erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the "lost cause of the Confederacy", a movement recognized across the South as promoting white supremacy, according to a press release from the mayor's office.

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.

Among the witnesses was Terence Blanchard, a celebrated New Orleans trumpet player who told Nola.comThe Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/2rqKQWv) that he headed for the scene with his wife and two daughters when he learned that the statue was coming down.

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Hillyer said his comment is not just some random right-wing response but reflects how bad Landrieu has handled the monument situation. "It's always made me feel as if they were put there by people who don't respect us".

At one point a woman came to the monument and laid flowers at the base of the monument. Dylann Roof, an avowed white supremacist, shot and killed nine black parishioners at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Beauregard commanded the attack at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, at the outbreak of the Civil War. His statue sits at a traffic circle near the entrance to New Orleans City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

"Mitch Landrieu removed a monument to G T Beauregard, arguably the most historically significant Creole to ever live", said Peirre McGraw, President of the Monumental Task Committee, in a Facebook post.

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