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Trumpet star Blanchard: Confederate statue removal historic

19 May 2017, 07:54 | Taylor George

Southern mayor takes new approach towards Confederate monuments Pete Burd

Southern mayor takes new approach towards Confederate monuments                      Pete Burd

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

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) separated the crowd with a series of barricades at Moss Street and Esplanade Avenue facing Beauregard.

The Lee statue is the most prominent of four Confederate monuments targeted by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration to be taken down.

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.

"New Orleans' City Council approved the move previous year, but officials were met with opposition from supporters who fought to keep the monuments up". Many Southern areas have done the same since nine black parishioners were fatally shot in 2015 by an avowed racist at a Charleston, South Carolina, church.

Police say the men were arrested Wednesday on a charge of criminal damage to historic buildings or landmarks by defacing with graffiti.

Stoney wants to add historical context to the monuments so visitors and residents get a better idea who the statues depict and what they stood for. But Blanchard, an African-American, said he never took pride in the monument.

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"Bring it home", said Tom Payne, Executive Director at the Beauvoir, when he found out one of the Confederate statues taken down in New Orleans is of Jefferson Davis. A Civil District Court judge refused to issue an injunction to stop the impending removal, leading monument advocates seek a temporary restraining order from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal. There is no official word on if the statue of Robert E. Lee will remain, or be removed tonight.

In Charlottesville, Virginia, the city council voted narrowly in February to remove a bronze statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and to rename Lee Park, where the statue stands.

The city plans to have extra security around the Lee statue Friday morning and will cordon off a one-block radius around Lee Circle to cars in anticipation of protests.

Landrieu drew blistering criticism from monument supporters and even some political allies.

The city said the statues can not be displayed outdoors on public property in New Orleans.

The first monument removed of David Beauregard was recently found in a maintenance yard next to trash.

The statues would be put in storage while the city looks for a suitable place to display them, the mayor has said.



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