Celebration Of Confederate Monument Removal Confronted By Protesters

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On Thursday, Suber said he would be delighted to see crews remove the statue of Washington by the New Orleans Public Library.

The city began the process of taking down Confederate statutes late last month, starting with the removal of the monument to the Battle at Liberty Place, which the mayor said was put up to celebrate the murder of police officers by white supremacists.

And Confederate sympathizers and fans of the statues have been flocking to the city from as far away as New Mexico and Colorado to protest their removal.

The city is planning to take the statue down and replace it, along with three other Confederate statues that Mayor Mitch Landrieu has condemned as symbols of white supremacy and racism. Despite the fact the Beauregard monument is across the street from the park, Marksbury said that at the time of the sale, there was no street and the statue and the land were an extension of the park itself.

The committee is scheduled to hold a press conference Monday morning at the Beauregard monument in City Park in New Orleans, where it said it would make an announcement regarding monument removal.

As of Monday, the statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard remain and traffic in the area has resumed.


In an interview with the local Times-Picayune newspaper on April 27, the Democratic mayor said that city officials have received numerous death threats and that every company offering heavy crane rentals in southern Louisiana has received threatening messages as well.

The statement also noted that the statues were erected decades after the end of the war and were meant to "demonstrate that there was no sense of guilt for the cause in which the South fought the Civil War". Beauregard died in New Orleans in 1893.

Protesters calling for the removal and the preservation of Confederate-era monuments faced off in dueling demonstrations Sunday at a memorial honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Landrieu said the statues will go to storage while the city looks for a suitable place to display them, such as a museum. The obelisk was a tribute to whites who battled a biracial Reconstruction government installed in New Orleans after the Civil War.

Carmody had put forward a bill previous year to require a state commission to approve the removal of any monument, but that measure and a similar one by Sen.

"There's no hard evidence that the city owns the monument or the land".

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