The statue is set to be dismantled beginning at 9 a.m. According to Deputy Mayor Ryan Berni, the base of the statue won't be removed "at this time", though the crew removed the nameplate.
Backlash against removing New Orleans' Confederate monuments has been building. Providing public safety for things like peaceful public demonstrations and critical incidents is standard for City government, and the City provides this public safety and logistical support.
There were strong views from those watching the removal on both sides of the debate.
A crane that was expected to eventually lift the statue from its base was moved into position, along with other heavy equipment, after workers cleared the area around the monument. Supporters say the monuments are part of history and heritage. He said the removal itself was a historic moment.
The release said the 77-year-old died this morning of complications from a subdural hematoma after he fell and hit his head in his Palm Beach home. We are very happy to see this Beauregard Statue go down. "This is double that".
Amid security threats, contractors wearing masks and tactical vests removed the first monument at night last month: an obelisk commemorating the Battle of Liberty Place. "New Orleans is one of the highest crime rate cities in the nation. Where are his priorities?"
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The city of New Orleans plans to take down the confederate statue on Friday, May 18, 2017, completing the southern city's removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive. Barricades stretched from across the bridge down Esplanade in front of the Shell gas station on Moss, with more around City Park, stretching across Carrollton Avenue. Emerging at the end of the Civil War, "The Lost Cause" was known for espousing a number of principles, including that the war was fought over states' rights and not slavery, that slavery was a benevolent institution that offered Christianity to African "savages", and that the war was a just cause in the eyes of God.
The Beauvoir Estate also houses a Confederate museum, so, leaders are not only asking for one monument but all of them.
"Mitch Landrieu removed a monument to G T Beauregard, arguably the most historically significant Creole to ever live", said Peirre McGraw, President of the Monumental Task Committee, in a Facebook post. Yet his statue - a massive, 20-foot-tall, 14,000-pound bronze figure towering above the roundabout - depicts the man in his Confederate uniform, and the pedestal recognizes "GENERAL C.S.A., 1861-1865". The final resting place of Beauregard's statue will be considered separately because of legal issues.
The group claimed the City Park Improvement Association owns the statue, not the city.
Many historians have considered Beauregard the first notable general of the Confederate Army during the Civil War.