A monument of Jefferson Davis is removed in New Orleans.
In the dark of night, workers wearing masks and tactical vests arrived Monday at New Orleans' Battle of Liberty Place monument to take it down.
Opinions among New Orleans residents vary and are nuanced when it comes to Landrieu's move but the mayor has remained insistent - even amid blistering criticism from some allies - since he first pushed for the monument's removal in 2015.
"I think what New Orleans is experiencing right now certainly is not unique", said Tulane Associate Professor of African and English studies Nghana Lewis.
"These monuments have stood not as historic or educational markets of our legacy of slavery and segregation but in celebration of it", said Landrieu in a press release.
New Orleans will begin taking down Confederate statutes, becoming the latest Southern body to divorce itself from what some say are symbols of racism and intolerance. They wrapped the statue in bubble wrap early Thursday morning, and the Davis monument was successfully lifted off its foundation at 6:15 a.m. ET. Supporters and opponents were separated by barricades, similar to how NOPD organized protesters at Lee Circle on May 7.
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"To literally put the Confederacy on a pedestal in some of our most prominent public places is not only an inaccurate reflection of our past, it is an affront to our present, and a bad prescription for our future".
WDSU reporter Jennifer Crockett said a trial date has not been set to determine ownership, but a trial would not matter if the city took the monument down before. "We should not be afraid to confront and reconcile our past".
The Battle of Liberty Place monument was erected in 1891 to mark a deadly fight between members of the "Crescent City White League", a group opposed to the city's biracial police force and state militia after the Civil War, and officers from that police force.
It is easily the most prominent of the statues: Lee standing, in uniform, arms crossed defiantly, looking toward the northern horizon from atop a roughly 60-foot-tall pedestal. The two remaining monuments are those of Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard.
It had been tied up in legal battles over efforts to remove it since at least the 1980s. Demonstrators both for and against the removal of Confederate era statues had gathered at the site. That message said the removal of the statue Thursday morning had been "confirmed", but did not indicate where that confirmation came from. Monument supporters say their research shows the statue is not owned by the city, but by the City Park Improvement Association, an agency overseen by the state.