New Orleans removing last of four statues linked to pro-slavery era

Robert E. Lee monument

Robert E. Lee monument

But clearing out the monuments has been highly controversial.

"They're actually a denial of our history and they were done in a time when people who still controlled the Confederacy were in charge of this city and it only represents a four-year period in our 1000-year march to where we are today".

(AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld). Anti-monument protesters Rose Hunter, left, and her son, Deshaun Washington make their case with pro-monument supporters, right, near the statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard as the statue was prepared for removal fr.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Friday marked the removal of the fourth and final Confederate monument by calling on city residents, and the nation as a whole, to get serious about confronting white supremacy and racism.

Unlike the first three statues, city officials plan to take Lee's statue down during the day.

The process started around 7 a.m. and the statue still hadn't been removed as of 3 p.m. Remarkably, the city removed the monument from its original location in 1989 but re-erected and relocated it after a federal lawsuit.

Bitter disputes have erupted on New Orleans streets in recent weeks as the city has proceeded with its deeply contested plan to take down an equestrian statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard and a bronze sculpture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Landrieu detailed the creation of what he called the "cult of the lost cause" that he said was a concerted effort to "re-brand" the south more than a dozen years after the end of the Civil War by lionizing heroes of the Confederacy.

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Throughout the years, the Lee monument has served as a focal point for Civil War reunions and a host of civic celebrations.

Workers backed by a crane have tied ropes around a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which has perched atop a 60-foot (18 meter)-high pedestal in a traffic circle where it has been since 1884. The general would lead the Army of Virginia and become a military adviser to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The statue had stood atop a roughly 12-foot column and depicted him with his right arm outstretched, towering over the street also named after him. The Lee Monument was erected without the use of tax payer money-the same can not be said for its removal using city resources, city employees, and a shroud of secrecy that's more fitting to ISIS tactics than those of the United States of America. He says in an interview with The Associated Press that "we don't want these statues in places of reverence; they need to be in places of remembrance". "The same can not be said for its removal using city resources, city employees, and a shroud of secrecy that's more fitting to ISIS tactics than those of the United States of America", the statement said.

Amid security threats, contractors wearing masks and tactical vests removed the first monument at night last month: an obelisk commemorating the Battle of Liberty Place.

A racially mixed group held signs supporting removal.

Backlash against removing Confederate monuments in the city has been building.

Meanwhile, questions linger about how New Orleans and other Southern cities will go on to memorialize the Civil War and the historic legacy of slavery. The bill would allow local governments to take down a memorial only if voters approve the action at "an election held for that objective". They gained new momentum in June 2015, when Dylann Roof, a professed white supremacist who idolized the Confederacy's racist legacy, murdered nine black churchgoers at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

"The Confederacy was on the wrong side of history and humanity".

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