Effort to block Confederate statue's removal goes to court

Posted May 11, 2017

A last-ditch effort to block the removal of a monument to a Confederate general in New Orleans was rejected Wednesday by a Louisiana judge who turned away arguments that the city doesn't own the statue or the land on which it sits.

Quess Moore said he came out to watch the monument be taken down "to celebrate the victory in the battle against white supremacy particularly in New Orleans".

NOLA.com will post updates here overnight as events unfold at the monument site on Canal Street at Jefferson Davis Parkway. "We should not be afraid to confront and reconcile our past", he said.

The statues were built after the Civil War as part of the "Lost Cause" narrative advanced by Southern whites to justify the South's loss.

In a statement, the city said it does not plan to announce removal plans or a timeline for the two remaining monuments - P.G.T. Beauregard at the entrance to City Park and Robert E. Lee at Lee Circle - due to the "widely known intimidation, threats, and violence". But supporters of the monuments say they have new documents that were not available during the federal hearing.

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The statue is one of three monuments to Confederate leaders slated for removal in New Orleans.

A few hours before sunrise Monday, workers began dismantling the obelisk piece by piece as supporters and opponents gathered nearby amid a strong police presence.

The term "Jefferson Davis" was also the top-trending term across the US on Thursday morning. I believe more strongly today than ever that in New Orleans, we should truly remember all of our history, not some of it. "But we are not going to telegraph that". After years of heated public debate and legal battles, recent court decisions paved the way for the city to relocate the four monuments. That symbolism of a "better future" should be especially appealing to a new mayor in St. Louis who took power from a four-term incumbent who was resented and distrusted by most black residents.

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

The Jefferson Davis monument is now gone, but removing the base of the statue is posing some trouble for workers.

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Jefferson Davis was a U.S. representative and senator from MS who later led the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Davis lived in New Orleans after the Civil War and died there in 1889.

Workers have removed a controversial Confederate symbol in New Orleans under the cover of darkness, but surrounded by throngs of enthusiastic - and also grieving -demonstrators.

In 2004, the words "slave owner" were painted on the base of the monument.

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