Vandalism of statues "will not be tolerated" says NOLA mayor's office

3 sculptures damaged in New Orleans

Chris Miller
July 10, 2020 - 11:35 am
McDononogh damage

A spokesman for New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says vandalism and destruction of city property is not acceptable. The statement, issued to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate, said recent incidents involving three statues "will be fully investigated and those responsible will face consequences."

A statue of public schools benefactor but also slave owner John McDonogh was toppled from its perch in Lafayette Square, across from Gallier Hall. It's the second time a McDonogh depiction has been targeted in recent weeks. Last month, protesters tore down a bust of McDonogh from a pedestal in Duncan Plaza, hauled it to the river, and rolled it in. Two suspects were arrested and the bust was recovered and returned to the city.

In Uptown, vandals sprayed "BLM" graffiti on a statue of philanthropist Sophie B. Wright and put a bag over its head. Born shortly the year after the Civil War ended, Wright was a member of Daughters of the Confederacy, and the activist group Take 'Em Down NOLA says she was a segregationist.

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In Mid City, a bust of Confederate Army officer Col. Charles Didier Dreux was overturned at Canal St. and Jefferson Davis Pkwy. 

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