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New Orleans removes statue of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis

New Orleans removes statue of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis

While efforts to remove Confederate monuments haven't yet reached most of the Gulf Coast, New Orleans isn't the first Southern city to take such steps.

Critics of the monuments say they foster racism by celebrating leaders of the Confederacy in the pro-slavery South during the U.S. Civil War.

The full removal is slated to take several hours. After legal battles delayed the work, the first - a granite obelisk honoring whites who rebelled against a biracial Reconstruction government - came down late last month.

In December, the New Orleans City Council declared four monuments nuisances and the Jefferson Davis statue commemorating the former Confederate president is the second to be removed.

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Thursday said workers removed a statue of Confederate icon Jefferson Davis from Mid-City as part of a "march to reconciliation".

WDSU reporter Kelsey Davis said removal equipment arrived around 3 a.m. Crews could be seen in protective gear with masks over their faces.

Barricades set up by NOPD in advance of the removal seemed created to act as corrals that protesters could be directed into and which would allow a line of barriers and police to remain between the two groups.

As the statue was lifted from its perch on a grassy median along one of the city's main thoroughfares, a cheer went up from some of the dozens of protesters on the scene who have been pushing for the monument's removal.

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It wasn't immediately clear how long it would take workers to remove the pedestal.

The paper reports that parents of students at a school located near the statue received a robocall about the removal, citing New Orleans Police Department as the source of the information. Monument supporters say each of the statues weighs tons and they feared moving the aging icons could result in significant damage. The move came as part of a national response to the shooting of nine black parishioners at a church in SC by racist Dylann Roof earlier that year. However, that doesn't mean we must valorize the ugliest chapters, as we do when we put the Confederacy on a pedestal - literally - in our most prominent public places. The most famous monument left-wing groups are targeting is the President Andrew Jackson monument which sits at the center for the city's historical French Quarter District. The statue was dedicated in 1911. In 2004, "the words "slave owner" were painted on the base of the monument", according to CNN.

People who were there in support of the monuments coming down were moved behind one set of barricades, while the crowd of protesters who support leaving the Confederate monuments in place was moved behind another set of barricades. Those workers were wearing bullet proof vests.

They tied the statue's torso with yellow straps, securing it to a crane.

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The remaining two monuments - those of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard - are also scheduled for relocation.


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