Mayor: Statue removal will allow city to heal

Mayor: Statue removal will allow city to heal

Mayor: Statue removal will allow city to heal

Private funding raised by the city will pay for the removal of the landmarks, Landrieu's office has said.

The city is still trying to work out what it will do at the site of P.G.T. Beauregard.

The process started around 7 a.m. and the statue still hadn't been removed as of 3 p.m. The city of New Orleans plans to take down the confederate statue on Friday, May 18, 2017, completing the so. The removal of the statue comes after the city ha.

The city of New Orleans on Friday dismantled its statue of Robert E. Lee, the last of four Confederate monuments to come down.

A small crowd - including some supporting the removal and those opposing it - gathered outside the barricaded area throughout the morning.

"Millions of tourists have taken photos of that statue without realizing the character of the man", Suber said, noting the Tennessee native was a major slaveholder and architect of the Trail of Tears.

Al Kennedy, who is white and a former New Orleans school board member, supported removal.

"If the person has a negative intention behind it, and they're portraying hatred, then I feel like it's offensive to others", said Miriam Olupiten. The removal of the statue comes after the city has already taken down a statue of Jefferson Davis, the Confederacy's only president, and a memorial to a white rebellion against a biracial Reconstruction-era government in the city.

Eileen Jones, a spokeswoman for Ivey, said as of Friday afternoon, Ivey had not decided whether to sign the bill into law.

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Friday's removal - in daylight, with the timing announced a day beforehand - contrasts with the first three, which happened in the dark of night or early morning with little notice. Landrieu said the change was made to "maintain the safety of the construction worker" because of its proximity to electrical wires and New Orleans' famous streetcar lines.

At the same time, Landrieu said during his address that removal of the monuments "faces our flaws and corrects them". Earlier removals happened after nightfall, a precautionary measure due to security concerns for contractors and workers involved in the effort.

The decision to remove the statues came in December 2015 after a white supremacist shot dead nine black worshippers at a SC church.

The only flashpoint was when a pro-removal protester snatched a Confederate battle flag.

That's right, when asked about his city's costs to remove the monuments, Mayor Landrieu responded with what could arguably go down in history as one of the most patently ridiculous statements from any American politician in the history of our nation. Four Southern states - South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee - have passed similar preservation acts that block local municipalities from removing or altering historic war monuments.

The general had towered over the city for more than 100 years, but after white supremacist Dylann Roof massacred nine black churchgoers in fellow former Confederate state SC, the wisdom of honoring Lee so publicly was called into question. It's an image of Lee standing tall in uniform, with his arms crossed defiantly, looking toward the northern horizon from atop a roughly 60-foot-tall column.

The column on which the statue stood will remain, and the city will add a water feature.

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

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