Removal of Robert E. Lee statue appears imminent

May 18, 2017 - 10:09 pm
Categories: Reporting

The Robert E. Lee monument is clearly coming down, though city officials Thursday refused to detail specifics of plans for the statue's removal.

However, City Councilwoman Susan Guidry tweeted out an invitation Thursday evening to a "special address" by Mayor Mitch Landrieu "on the removal of the Confederate monuments" scheduled for Friday.

It appears the statue will be gone by Friday morning.

Crowds at Lee Circle were relatively small Thursday evening, and only a handful of protesters had arrived by 8 p.m.

"No parking" signs were placed around Lee Circle Thursday, forbidding any vehicle to park there after midnight, and RTA officials said the St. Charles streetcar line was on detour below Erato Street until further notice.

The Lee monument removal will be the fourth and final Confederate-era monument to be taken down by the city.

The Liberty Monument and statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and General P.G.T. Beauregard have already come down.
All three were removed after-hours, with little to no prior announcement from the city.

The Lee statue is the most prominent of four Confederate monuments targeted by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration to be taken down. Its removal is believed to pose special challenges because of its location and height.

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