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Two Arrested at Beauregard Monument, NOPD Reports

In the hours following the dismantling of the P.G.T. Beauregard statue at the entrance of City Park on Tuesday night, two people have been arrested on charges of graffiti at the base of the monument.


According to New Orleans Police Department, 57-year-old Michael Kimball and his son, 31-year-old Christopher Kimball, were booked on charges of criminal damange to historic buildings or landmarks by defacing with graffiti. The men, both of Norco, LA, were observed spray painting the base of monument where the Beauregard statue once stood. 


Eighth District Commander Nicholas Gernon made the arrests, after seeing the younger Kimball spray painting the word "Gen. Beauregard CSA." When he approached the scene, Gernon was alerted by a witness that the older Kimball was spray painting the other side of the monument. 


Though neither of the arrested parties have made a statement about the incident, it seems that the graffti was meant to commemorate the first prominent General of the Confederate States Army (CSA). 


The P.G.T. Beauregard monument, before Tuesday located prominently on Esplanade Avenue before entering City Park, was erected in 1915 to honor Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard. During his time in the CSA, Beauregard is perhaps best known for his integral role in leading the attack on Fort Sumter, which sparked the Civil War. 

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