City of New Orleans removes Jefferson Davis monument

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It remains unclear what exactly will happen to the statue of Davis, though Mississippi's Beauvoir estate - which houses the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library - has announced that it will take the statue with the goal of "preserving history".

In the predawn hours Thursday, an anonymous work crew wearing flak jackets removed the statue of Jefferson Davis from its 13-foot pedestal on Jefferson Davis Parkway in New Orleans - the second monument taken down in the city's continuing purge of Confederate memorials.

Officials had refused to give advance public notice of Thursday morning's removal, citing threats of violence against contractors and workers involved in the effort. The group periodically marched around the statue, which has been surrounded by a chain-link fence since anti-monument protesters clashed and scuffled with monument supporters on the statue itself last Monday. A small group of monument supporters had gathered in front of the statue since April 23, when the New Orleans Monument Task Committee held a candlelight vigil to show support. In a related development, Nungesser released a letter to the president of the improvement association, Steven Pettus, saying Pettus should object to the removal of the statue.

Judge Kern Reese has denied a request for an injunction to prevent the city of New Orleans from taking down the P.G.T. Beauregard statue at the entrance to City Park.

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The brothers were pictured looking dapper in matching waistcoats on the grounds as they walked into the church. The bride wore a bespoke Giles Deacon dress, which was crafted to create the impression of being seamless.

Over 700 people opposed to and in support of the removal of the Confederate figures attended a rally in New Orleans at Lee Circle on Sunday.

"I am here to witness this debacle, taking down this 106-year-old attractive monument", said Pierre McGraw, president of the Monumental Task Committee, which restored the statue as one of its first projects 29 years ago. That message said the removal of the statue Thursday morning had been "confirmed", but did not indicate where that confirmation came from. The monument was protected in bubble wrap, attached to a crane and lifted off its plinth.

New Orleans voted to remove four Confederate-era monuments in 2015 because the statues for many residents are symbols of racism and white supremacy. "These monuments have not stood as historic or educational markers of our legacy of slavery and segregation, but in celebration of it".

Police watched supporters of the statue's removal - which was ordered by the city's mayor - and pro-monument Confederate-flag waving protesters taunt each other as crews nearby used a crane to remove the 8-foot bronze statue from its granite pedestal that has sat in Mid-city New Orleans for more than a century. We have had enough conversation about the fate of the Confederate Monument in Forest Park, and it is past time to take action. "We should not be afraid to confront and reconcile our past", he said. As Mayor Landrieu stated, "We can remember these divisive chapters in our history in a museum or other facility where they can be put in context - and that's where these statues belong". It has no place on public view in this plurality-black city.

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