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NOLA Continues Take Down of Confederate Monuments


Two down, two to go. Early Thursday morning, the City of New Orleans removed the controversial Jefferson Davis monument from its location in Mid-City at the intersection of Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway. It was the second take down in a series of four monuments honoring the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy” that Mayor Mitch Landrieu has pledged to remove from the city’s landscape, following the dismantling of the Battle of Liberty Place monument late last month. 


NOFD Under Fire After Monument Removal


Following the take down of the Battle of Liberty Place monument early Monday morning by a team of masked movers, rumors abounded across the city and online that the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) was commissioned by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to remove the Confederate statue on Iberville Street. On Wednesday (4.26), New Orleans Firefighters Association President Nick Felton confirmed in a press conference that at least half a dozen firefighters were enlisted to take down the monument early Monday on Mayor Landrieu’s instructions. 


NOLA Begins Take Down of Confederate Statues


Following many months of speculation, the process of bringing down New Orleans’s Confederate monuments began early Monday (4.24) morning with the removal of a statue honoring the Battle of Liberty Place. It was the first in a series of four monuments honoring the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy” that Mayor Mitch Landrieu has pledged to remove from the city’s landscape.  


Monumental Donation


The push to remove the four controversial monuments quietly took a big step forward this week. A letter from the Mayor’s Office to the City Council announced that an anonymous donor has offered full funding to take down the the monuments to Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, PGT. Beauregard, and the White League.


No Battle Over Liberty Place Monument


On Wednesday (9.02), the Vieux Carré Commission voted 5-0 to recommend the removal of the Battle of Liberty Place or “White League” monument. The issue will next move to the City Council who holds ultimate authority.


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