Workers in New Orleans removed a third Confederate monument from the city early Wednesday.
Liberal New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu's sole political ambition isn't reducing crime or bringing jobs to his city, or at least it doesn't seem to be.
The announcement comes after the city had already taken down a statue of the Confederacy's only president and a memorial to a white rebellion against a biracial Reconstruction-era government in the city.
Beauregard commanded the attack at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, that marked the outbreak of the Civil War.
The city of New Orleans is taking down a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, completing the Southern city's removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive.
Landrieu says he listened to people who were opposed to the monuments - in particular, a black mother who wondered what she should tell her little girl when she asked why Robert E. Lee is towering above them.
Workers on the first two removals were forced to wear bulletproof vests, and had their faces covered for their own safety.
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About 100 people were on hand as a huge crane arrived at the monument Friday morning with differing opinions on the removal.
"These statues are not just stone and metal".
Some said regardless of what the statue represents, it's a work of art. "These monuments celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, ignoring the terror that it actually stood for", he said. Judges have ruled that the city can take them down. The local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans sued the city in an effort to block the plan, and in March a U.S. Court of Appeals found in favor of the city, clearing the path for removal. The website contained pictures of the killer posing with the Confederate battle flag in photos, recharging the debate over whether Confederate emblems represent racism or an honorable heritage. The New Orleans City Council approved the move later that year.
During a Special Meeting of the New Orleans City Council, members of the City Council voted 6-1 in support of Ordinance Calendar No. 31,082, which declared that the four Confederate monuments are nuisances pursuant to Section 146-611 of the Code of the City of New Orleans and should be removed from their prominent locations in New Orleans. It's an image of Lee standing tall in uniform, with his arms crossed defiantly, looking toward the northern horizon from atop a roughly 60-foot-tall column.
The city has received offers from public and private institutions to take individual monuments, so it will solicit proposals on where they will go through an "open and transparent selection". They also can not be displayed outdoors on public property within the city.
Edwards, a Democrat, attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, just like some of the Confederate soldiers depicted in the statues.
An American flag will stand where the Davis statue used to be, and the area where the Liberty Place monument used to stand "will remain as is".
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