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New Orleans removes statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard

By Andrew V. Pestano
New Orleans removes statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard
New Orleans on Wednesday removed a statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard from City Park, which Mayor Mitch Landrieu said is a "another step forward for our city." Photo courtesy of Mitch Landrieu

May 17 (UPI) -- New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday said workers removed a statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard from City Park, calling it a "another step forward for our city."

New Orleans workers began the process of removing the bronze statue Tuesday night after escorting away pro-monument supporters. Work continued until early Wednesday.

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"It is through acts of courage and standing for what is right that we will build the city of our dreams," Landrieu said in a statement on Wednesday. "The third Confederate statue is now down. Another step forward for our city."

The removal of several Confederate statues has been a contentious topic in New Orleans, as groups for and against the move have taken to the streets in protest.

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"Today we take another step in defining our city not by our past but by our bright future," Landrieu said in a statement on Tuesday. "While we must honor our history, we will not allow the Confederacy to be put on a pedestal in the heart of New Orleans. As we near our city's 300th anniversary, we must continue to find courage to stand up to hate and embrace justice and compassion."

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In December, the New Orleans City Council declared four monuments nuisances and first removed the Battle of Liberty Place monument a month ago, which was erected by a white supremacist group to commemorate a deadly insurrection against New Orleans' racially integrated police department and government in 1874.

New Orleans last week removed a statue of Confederate icon Jefferson Davis from Mid-City as part of a "march to reconciliation."

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Following the removal of the Beauregard statue, the statue that remains to be removed is of Gen. Robert E. Lee, who commanded the Confederacy during the Civil War.

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