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Confederate Monuments Removed: New Orleans Statues To Be Relocated

Eleena Tovar | 26 Abril, 2017, 16:07

Ultimately, Jindal had no authority to override the city council, but several pro-Confederate societies tied up the removal by burying the city of New Orleans in federal lawsuits, frivolously claiming that New Orleans did not own the land.

Landrieu declined to disclose a timetable for the removal of the other three monuments because of an "intense level of threats and intimidations" to the hired contractors who are being paid with private money.

The monument was trucked off to storage, Landrieu said, and will be relocated later, perhaps to a museum. Police were also on hand, including officers who watched the area from atop the parking garage of a nearby hotel.

That plaque remained until 1989, when the monument was moved, and a new plaque was printed, reading: "In honor of those Americans on both sides who died in the Battle of Liberty Place".

Landrieu held a news conference outside the New Orleans Police Department's headquarters after the city began the process of removing four Confederate-era monuments.

Davis will be removed in later days now that legal challenges have been overcome. Those who wanted the monuments to stay cited historical relevance and context. "But let me be clear: we will not be deterred".

The massacre of nine Negroes on June 17, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina, in a church by a young white supremacist wearing the Confederate flag, revived the debate in the United States on the red-white-blue banner at thirteen stars.

In addition to the Liberty Monument, three statues of Confederate leaders - Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis - will be removed in the coming weeks. In the weeks after the mass killing, SC removed the Confederate flag from state grounds.

After a small group of protesters dispersed about 1:30 a.m., police officers barricaded surrounding streets and snipers took position on a rooftop above the statue, according to the Times-Picayune.

The Liberty Place monument, which is a 35-foot-tall white obelisk that stood on Iberville Street, was just one of four Confederate monuments that are being taken down.

According to the mayor's office, the monument commemorated "an 1874 attack on the racially integrated city police and state militia by the white supremacists Crescent City White League".

"I think it's a bad thing", he said. "You start losing where you came from and where you've been". For many in the South, the "heritage" associated with the Civil War and the Confederacy is a strong part of their past.

The crews used to remove the monuments wore masks and full body suits to protect their identity.