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New Orleans Confederate statues to Mississippi?

Last week, the city removed a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

A Norco father and son were arrested Wednesday for spray-painting graffiti on the base where the P.G.T. Beauregard statue once stood, police said.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu successfully pushed for the monuments' removal in 2015, after a white supremacist killed nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The third of those four monuments-a statue of Confederate general P.G.T. Beauregard dressed in his Confederate States Army uniform while riding a horse-came down during the early a.m. hours on Wednesday.

The removal of the monuments was prompted by the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a SC church.

Citing the same safety concerns as it did before, the city said it would "not share details on a removal timeline for the Robert E. Lee statue". On Tuesday, the area around City Park became a gathering space for monument defenders waving Confederate and American flags, and those who want to see the monuments removed.

On one side of Esplanade were a couple dozen monument supporters, who draped Confederate flags over the barricades and waved several others, including a half-Stars and Stripes and half-Confederate flag, a flag that said "President Trump", and two flags symbolizing the 3 Percenters.

"New Orleans' City Council approved the move past year, but officials were met with opposition from supporters who fought to keep the monuments up".

Die-hard monument supporters say the removal was an affront to history.

All three confederate monuments were removed at night, for security purposes, says Mayor Mitch Landrieu. 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. The killer, Dylann Roof, was an avowed racist who brandished Confederate battle flags in photos, recharging the debate over whether Confederate emblems represent racism or an honorable heritage. "While we must honour our history, we will not allow the Confederacy to be put on a pedestal in the heart of New Orleans".

Last month, the city dismantled the first of the four monuments: an obelisk commemorating the Battle of Liberty Place.

The public memorials to Beauregard and other heroes of the U.S. Civil War's pro-slavery Confederacy have been denounced by critics as an affront to the ideals of multi-racial tolerance and diversity in the majority-black Louisiana city. It was unveiled in 1884.


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