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NOLA Continues Take Down of Confederate Monuments With PGT Beauregard


It looks like all traces of the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy” will be wiped from the city’s landscape soon enough. Late Tuesday night, the City of New Orleans removed the controversial P.G.T. Beauregard statue from its location at the entrance of City Park on Esplanade Avenue. It was the third take down in a series of four monuments that Mayor Mitch Landrieu has pledged to remove before he leaves office, following the dismantling of the Battle at Liberty Place monument late last month and the Jefferson Davis statue less than one week ago. 

 

The monuments have been the source of controversy in New Orleans for months — leading to citywide defacements and vandalism, arrests of mayoral hopefuls, and public indictments against city departments and their leaders

 

“Today we take another step in defining our City not by our past but by our bright future,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a statement on Tuesday evening. 

 

The P.G.T. Beauregard monument, before Tuesday located prominently before entering City Park, was erected in 1915 to honor Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, a General of the Confederate Army. Beauregard is known for his integral role in leading the attack on Fort Sumter, which sparked the Civil War. 

 

The remaining monument set to be removed under Landrieu’s watch is the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle, which recently was the meeting place of Take Em Down NOLA protesters and pro-monument activists on May 7th. 

 

According to the City of New Orleans, the monuments will first be moved to storage, after which the City will attempt to place the statues in a museum or other facility.

 

“While we must honor our history, we will not allow the Confederacy to be put on a pedestal in the heart of New Orleans,” said Landrieu. "As we near our City’s 300th anniversary, we must continue to find courage to stand up to hate and embrace justice and compassion.”




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