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Statue of General Lee coming down in New Orleans on Friday

19 Mai 2017

City officials said Thursday (May 18) that the questions raised about the ownership of the P.G.T. Beauregard monument mean that statue will be left out of the bid process for the other three monuments.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is expected to give a speech marking the removal of the last of the four monuments on Friday afternoon.

Although the equestrian statue has been removed, the base will not be removed at this time, said Deputy Mayor Ryan Berni. One day after clashing demonstrations at Lee Circle, monument supporters rallied at outside City Park on May 8 to support Richard Marksbury's request for a temporary restraining order to stop the city from removing the monument. All proposals must state how they will place the statues in context, both in terms of why they were first erected and why the City chose to remove them in 2015.

Supporters say removing the monuments is akin to erasing history.

Grand monuments to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, along with General Robert E. Lee and others line the street into downtown Richmond.

The mayor says there is no formal plan yet, but he also hopes to add more monuments for figures in African American history along Monument Avenue.

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A more than seven-hour struggle to lift a statue of P.G.T. Beauregard off its pedestal in fr...

The statue of P.G.T. Beauregard and the base of the Jefferson Davis Memorial were spotted Wednesday outside amid scrap and city vehicles at what is called a maintenance lot.

"While we must honor our history, we will not allow the Confederacy to be put on a pedestal in the heart of New Orleans", Landrieu said in the release.

Streets near the monument were blocked off in preparation for the dismantling, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., CNN reported.

Some said regardless of what the statue represents, it's a work of art. The city said Tuesday that due to "intimidation, threats, and violence, serious safety concerns remain" it would not announce a timeline for Lee's removal. Demonstrators have come out to protest their removal while waving Confederate battle flags. The city said discussions are ongoing with the association. The area that formerly housed the Battle of Liberty Place monument will remain as is. Contractors were originally forced to wait as monument campaigners appealed for help from the courts, and have been threatened.

That granite obelisk, erected in 1891, was the least prominent of the monuments and the first to be removed. Crowds gathered once again to watch masked men work to bring down the Confederate statue.