Landrieu had proposed removing the monuments after the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a SC church. Demonstrators have come out to protest their removal while waving Confederate battle flags. That recharged the debate over whether Confederate emblems represent racism or an honorable heritage. Protesters who want the monuments to remain in place clashed some with the Take 'Em Down Nola group that wants the monuments gone.
"New Orleans' City Council approved the move a year ago, but officials were met with opposition from supporters who fought to keep the monuments up".
The Robert E. Lee, the Jefferson Davis, and the P.G.T. Beauregard monuments were erected to promote "The Lost Cause of the Confederacy".
The Lee statue was erected in 1884 in honor of the military leader of the Army of Northern Virginia.
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It towered over a traffic circle - Lee Circle - in an area between the office buildings of the city's business district and stately 19th century mansions in the nearby Garden District.
The Lee monument's removal was believed to pose special challenges because of its location and height.
Friday's removal - in daylight, with the timing announced a day beforehand - contrasts with the first three, which happened in the dark of night or early morning with little notice.
City officials say the monuments don't "appropriately reflect the values of diversity and inclusion that make New Orleans strong today". Her spokesman Koran Addo said they're looking for the right place to house the 40-ton statue before they remove it. 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. The city insists that no public money was used, and they say no major equipment was purchased for the work. We are very happy to see this Beauregard Statue go down.
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The city of New Orleans is set to remove its fourth and final Confederate-era monument.
The Liberty Monument, which honored the Crescent City White League, a group of whites who tried to overthrow a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans, was taken down last month.
The Lee statue is the most prominent of four Confederate monuments targeted by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration to be taken down.
Supporters of removing the monuments and supporters of keeping them up both gathered at the intersection of Esplanade and Carrollton Avenues (where the monuments are located) last night, just as they gathered near the Jefferson Davis monument when it was removed last week.
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