New Orleans Uproots Third Confederate Statue In Early Morning Operation


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New Orleans removed the third of four Confederate statues slated for removal before dawn Wednesday morning, this one a depiction of Confederate general P.G.T. Beauregard.

Police barricaded the statue on Tuesday and protesters clustered around the site as crew began working on the monument that evening. Crew removed the statue from the ground a little after 3 a.m., reports CNN.

“Today we take another step in defining our city not by our past but by our bright future,” said Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, in a statement obtained by CNN. “While we must honor our history, we will not allow the Confederacy to be put on a pedestal in the heart of New Orleans.”

A tweet posted by the mayor described the early morning removal of the statue as an “act of courage.”

New Orleans previously removed a statue featuring the Battle of Liberty Place insurrection against the New Orleans government, as well as a statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. The monument to Robert E. Lee is the last Confederate statue standing in the city. (RELATED: New Orleans Removes Confederate Statue In Predawn Operation)

The New Orleans city government did not respond to a request for comment.

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