Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

New Orleans starts deconstructing third Confederate statue


One day after clashing demonstrations at Lee Circle, monument supporters rallied at outside City Park on May 8 to support Richard Marksbury's request for a temporary restraining order to stop the city from removing the monument.

Father and son Michael Kimball, 57, and Christopher Kimball, 31, both of Norco, were arrested and charged with criminal damage to historic buildings or landmarks by defacing with graffiti.

The Beauregard statue is the third of four Landriue vowed to remove; previously taken down were the Battle of Liberty Place monument and a statue of Jefferson Davis.

Masked city workers in New Orleans began dismantling a massive horseback statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard late Tuesday as the city attempts to rid itself of public works that celebrate the memory of the Confederacy, officials said.

Landrieu called for the monuments' removal in the lingering emotional aftermath of the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a SC church.

Officials took down the statue of P.G.T. Beauregard early Wednesday - the 3rd of four Confederate-era monuments the city targeted for removal. On Tuesday, the area around City Park became a gathering space for monument defenders waving Confederate and American flags, and those who want to see the monuments removed.

Monument supporters, said the works are a way to remember and honor history. But those calling for their removal say they glorify a shameful part of the city and country's history.

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New Orleans plans to remove a fourth monument soon, The Associated Press reported. "Mayor Landrieu has clearly indicated that the removal of the monument is imminent", the statement said, "and we hope it will be done safely and that all parties, while exercising their first amendment rights, respect the laws of our city and state".

A third confederate monument in New Orleans was removed in the middle of the night.

The last of the four monuments slated for removal is Robert E. Lee, which towers over Lee Circle. The shooter, Dylann Roof, was a proud racist who flaunted the Confederate flag, reinforcing many people's belief that Confederate symbols represent hate more than history.

"Today we take another step in defining our City not by our past but by our bright future", Landrieu said in the statement.

That granite obelisk, erected in 1891, was the least prominent of the monuments and the first to be removed. In 1932, the City added a plaque to the monument, which stated that the statue commemorated the "overthrow of carpetbag government, ousting the usurpers...and the national election of November 1876 recognized white supremacy in the South and gave us our state".

Every year, the Festa Confederada (Confederate Party) is held in Santa Barbara d'Oeste, north of São Paulo, to commemorate the Confederate ancestry of the approximately 10,000 to 20,000 Southerners who fled the US for Brazil after the Civil War, establishing a colony that became known as Americana. Standing on a granite base, the statue's highest point was 27 feet from the ground.

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