PGT Beauregard statue, pieces of other monuments sitting in city-owned lot

PGT Beauregard statue, pieces of other monuments sitting in city-owned lot

PGT Beauregard statue, pieces of other monuments sitting in city-owned lot

The plan to remove Civil War-era monuments in New Orleans came nearly two years ago after Landrieu said he wanted four monuments removed: the Jefferson Davis, Liberty Place, the P.G.T Beauregard, and the General Robert E. Lee in the heart of the city. The city of New Orleans says late Tuesday, May 16, it has begun taking down the monument to Gen. P.G.T Beauregard ‚à "î the third of four Confederate-era monuments to be removed from the city in recent weeks".

The removal of the monuments was prompted by the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a SC church. However, things took a different turn this time around when an ad hoc brass band showed up to celebrate the occasion.

Well, according to New Orleans native, and conservative columnist, absolutely.

Streets near the city's Lee Circle - where the monument stands - were blocked off by early Friday in preparation for the dismantling that's scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. NOLA.com reports that acclaimed jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard was also on site.

"It's a historic moment", Blanchard told the publication as he watched the monument leave its pedestal. "This is something I never thought I'd see in my lifetime". An obelisk honoring the militia known as the White League was taken down in April, and a statue of Jefferson Davis was removed May 11. That's a lesson you can teach that's a better lesson than saying oh we're going to destroy this iconic piece of New Orleans architecture or sculpture in order to try to position the mayor for a presidential race. How does he feel about the use of the confederate flag in promoting the keeping of the monuments?

"I think we have an opportunity here in the city to actually be a hub for reconciliation and describe for the public who these individuals are and how they got there".

"With today's vote, hopefully we move forward to assure that the people have a voice in that process and can decide what they will and will not allow to remain in their public spaces", Carmody said Monday.

The Louisiana Legislature is considering a measure that would prohibit local governments from removing war memorials, including those from the Civil War.

The city of New Orleans has removed yet another monument earlier this morning.

Monument supporters said the statues remember and honour history. No date has been set for the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Circle.