Statue of General Lee coming down in New Orleans on Friday

New Orleans Mayor: Another Civil War Monument Removal Helps 'Stand Up to Hate'

New Orleans Mayor: Another Civil War Monument Removal Helps 'Stand Up to Hate'

Beauregard commanded the attack at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, at the outbreak of the Civil War. But the Louisiana city will take down a prominent statue of Lee on Friday.

Earlier this month, dozens of supporters of the monuments clashed with hundreds of demonstrators near the site of the Robert E. Lee statue.

All three confederate monuments were removed at night, for security purposes, says Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Landrieu called for removing the monuments in the emotional aftermath of the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a SC church. The killer, Dylann Roof, was an avowed racist who brandished Confederate battle flags in photos, recharging the debate over whether Confederate emblems represent racial bias or an honorable heritage.

The statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis at Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway, which was removed last week, will be replaced by an American flag, according to the city's release.

Pierre McGraw, president of the Monumental Task Committee which sought to keep the monuments, called the mayor's actions an "insult" to all who donated money to build them and "honor the memory of their fallen family members".

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Images on social media also showed people being taken away on stretchers and other casualties strewn around the walkway. The vehicle crashed into a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway before police took the driver away.

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.

The statues will not be able to be displayed outdoors on public property in Orleans Parish.

The Beauregard statue is not included in that list because the city will be talking with City Park officials about the ownership of that statue and the land on which it stood for 102 years. But the proposals must "state how they will place the statues in context, both in terms of why they were first erected and why the city chose in 2015 to remove them". The city said the event is not open to the public, but it plans to stream the address online.

Barricades were set up in the afternoon and a portion of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line around Lee Circle was removed to allow a crane to maneuver around the monument.

Unlike Jefferson Davis or the Liberty at White Place obelisk, P.G.T. Beauregard's removal hits home for Schneider.

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