New Orleans Begins Pulling Down Confederate Statues

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New Orleans has made a first significant stride in fulfilling its 2015 promise to tear down four noticeable Confederate statues, an endeavor to scour the city’s open spaces of what many see as racial oppressor images.

City specialists started evacuating the Battle of Liberty Place statue at 1:25 a.m. Monday with an end goal to dodge disturbance by dissidents who need the landmarks to stay, announced The Associated Press. Raised in 1891, the pillar respects individuals from the Crescent City White League, a gathering of all-white Confederate veterans who slaughtered individuals from the city’s post-Civil War incorporated police drive.

Statues commemorating Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard as well as Jefferson Davis (the first ― and only ― president of the Confederate States of America) will be removed in the coming days. All four of the structures will be relocated to a museum or another “place where they can be put in historical context,” according to a press release issued by the mayor’s office

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