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2nd of 4 Confederate monuments removed

2nd of 4 Confederate monuments removed”

The monument to the former president of the Confederacy - captured 152 years and one day to the date of the statue's removal - is the second of four Confederate-era monuments scheduled for removal by the city. The photographs and video of the Davis statue - previously so graven and seemingly immovable, now wrapped in a yellow strap and green plastic, dangling above a truck like a piece of bait - are mesmerizing.

Four days later, as the Davis statue was coming down, an op-ed by Landrieu was published on The Washington Post's website.

"The fight that we're waging is against the city fathers who have refused to bring about genuine equality and freedom for the black people here", said Malcolm Suber of the activist organization #TakeEmDownNOLA.

In Atlanta, "they are all at the Capitol or immediately near it", said Crespino, who specializes in Southern history since Reconstruction. But Harley Chaz, New Orleans resident, said he doesn't have s stake in either side. His representation was allowed to tower over and terrorize civic space (the Lee monument is 16.5 feet tall). "It demands that its adherents repeatedly look away, that they favour the fanciful over the plain, myth over history, the dream over the real", Ta-Nehisi Coates, a prominent social, cultural, and political writer for the Atlantic wrote following the shooting.

Burns with the mayor's office confirmed Beauvoir representatives had been in contact with the city, noting Landrieu or members of his staff have also spoken with representatives from Washington and Lee University and the Smithsonian Museum "to gauge interest in displaying" the monuments.

Lincoln's decision to make war on the seven seceded states (without any authorization of Congress), precipitated the secession of four more states, including Virginia. It, too, will come down. According to the network, workers removed the statue in the dead of night to reduce the chances of problems.

The Stone Mountain Park Association is pressing ahead instead with its plans for a museum dedicated to black Civil War soldiers.

Early Thursday, pro-monument supporters held vigil at the Davis statue and hoisted Confederate flags.

The city council voted in favor of Landrieu's removal proposal, 6-1, in December 2015, six months after the deadly Charleston, S.C. church massacre by white supremacist Dylann Roof.

Workers who showed up to work on the removal were again shrouded with masks and dark clothing as the city has said there have been threats made against those participating in the removal. His group has offered a three-point plan for keeping them in place, which includes interpretative plaques to help put the monuments in context.

It was New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu who first urged the council to remove the memorials. Almost every heavy-crane company in southern Louisiana has received threats from opponents.

The New Orleans monument that was taken down has been the subject of frequent vandalism in past years.

Protestors were corralled facing each other on the neutral ground of Jefferson Davis Parkway, across from the statue (Claire Byun). The Robert E. Lee statue is in the city's central business district.



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