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NOLA to Complete Take Down of Confederate Monuments


Before the day is out, all traces of the controversial Confederate monuments will be removed from the city's landscape, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's team promised in a statement. In an announcement made on Thursday (5.18) night, the City of New Orleans also outlined the future plans for the four statues in question. 


Monument Valley

Injunction Issued to Prevent Monument Removal



New Orleans monuments to Confederate heroes and the White League will remain part of the cityscape for a while longer. In the most recent turn of the protracted battle, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeal forbade removal until a lawsuit is resolved.


The Lost Cause: Judge Denies Monuments Suit


A campaign to keep several prominent Confederate monuments is truly looking like a lost cause. On Friday (2.05), Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Piper Griffin declined to issue a preliminary injunction that would have blocked the City from removing statues honoring Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.T. Beauregard, and the Crescent City White League.


Monumental Hearing

Recap & Analysis from the Monument Removal Suit



The long running debate about the fate of four Confederate monuments entered an endgame on Thursday (1.14) morning. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (of Deepwater Horizon fame) heard arguments in a case challenging the Council’s 6-1 vote to declare New Orleans’ monuments to Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.T. Beauregard, and the Crescent City White Leage a nuisance meriting removal.


Monumental Decision

Council Declares Four Monuments A Nuisance, Orders Them Removed



The question of removing four controversial monuments to Confederate heroes reached its climax during a fiery City Council meeting on Thursday (12.18). The Council voted 6-1 to declare the monuments Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.T. Beauregard, and the Crescent City White Leage a nuisance meriting removal.


Monument Men


A volunteer group tasked with maintaining the City’s monuments held an afternoon presser on Tuesday (12.08), but the organizations points may be moot. After announcing the collection of 30,000 plus signatures in favor of keeping four controversial monuments, the Monumental Task Committee (MTC) demanded another opportunity for public comment. However, the City Council already released a revised itinerary to allow for additional public comment earlier in the day.


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.


Lee Circle Saga Swirls


By Chris Staudinger

Several civil rights groups, including the The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater New Orleans, held a press conference today in Lee Circle asking city leaders to support the removal of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s statue and name from the public space. Children stomped on the burnt remains of a Confederate flag as several leaders spoke about what the 72-foot monument means to the community.  


Pennington's Pressure Point: Citizen Cleans Spray-Painted Civil War Statues


by Shay Sokol

When Roy Pennington, 56, heard that three city monuments were vandalized this week, he immediately thought about the hundred thousand people coming in for Final Four weekend. “I was angry. People will see this, our city defaced. I don’t think so. Not if I can help it,” said Pennington, the owner of Hi-Pressure Cleaning Systems in Houma and Harvey.


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