A third Confederate statue has been removed from New Orleans, this one depicting General P.G.T. Beauregard, a Louisiana native.
The statue was removed in the small hours of Tuesday morning, amid a cluster of protestors. Although the local government clearly hoped that the 3:00 am operation wouldn’t attract a community presence.
“Today we take another step in defining our city not by our past but by our bright future,” said mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu. “While we must honor our history, we will not allow the Confederacy to be put on a pedestal in the heart of New Orleans.” He also posted a tweet calling the removal an “act of courage.”
The Daily Caller reports:
New Orleans previously removed a statue featuring the Battle of Liberty Place insurrection against the New Orleans government, as well as a statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. The monument to Robert E. Lee is the last Confederate statue standing in the city.
The one remaining Confederate statue is scheduled to be taken down in the coming months.