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Robert E. Lee monument in New Orleans could come down overnight

19 May 2017

The P.G.T. Beauregard statue is not included in the RFP process because of the ownership dispute with the City Park Improvement Association that runs City Park. Barricades stretched from across the bridge down Esplanade in front of the Shell gas station on Moss, with more around City Park, stretching across Carrollton Avenue.

After the unveiling, a crowd of Confederate veterans circled the statue two or three times as strains of "America" and "Dixie" filled the air.

Crews laboring under the glare of floodlights began what appeared to be the work of sawing the bottom of the 14-foot-tall statue - a bronze likeness of Beauregard on horseback - from its pedestal while some 200 bystanders looked on near the entrance of City Park.

Regarding the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument, the city said Tuesday that because "intimidation, threats, and violence, serious safety concerns remain", so it would not provide a timeline.

The Louisiana House passed a bill Monday that would prohibit local governments from removing war memorials, including those from the Civil War.

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The four Confederate monuments in New Orleans were erected between 1884 and 1915, after Reconstruction and during the era of Jim Crow laws.

Landrieu had proposed removing the monuments after the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a SC church.

The removal process has been anything but easy. Recent court decisions paved the way for the city to relocate the monuments after years of heated public debate and legal fights. How does he feel about the use of the confederate flag in promoting the keeping of the monuments?

We also wanted to know how much public money has been spent to remove the monuments. "Demonstrators, both for and against the monuments removal gathered at the scene". But the situation was largely peaceful.

Supporters included a brass band that began playing after midnight to celebrate.

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A crane that was expected to eventually lift the statue from its base was moved into position, along with other heavy equipment, after workers cleared the area around the monument. The event was tweeted and later removed by an account for Councilwoman Susan Guidry.

All three were removed after-hours, with little to no prior announcement from the city. The last one set to come down is of General Robert E. Lee. "It's a sign that the world is changing".

"It is through acts of courage and standing for what is right that we will build the city of our dreams", Landrieu said in a statement on Wednesday.

But for many in this majority black city, the monuments pay homage to a history of slavery and segregation.

The work to remove them has met with bitter opposition from supporters of the monuments. But to some it was the most objectionable.

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An obelisk dedicated to the Battle of Liberty Place, which commemorated whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government, was dismantled on April 24, the New York Times reported.