Relocation of Confederate monuments could begin in days

RAW: Council members express thoughts on monuments

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed an ordinance Thursday calling for the relocation of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans.

Work on moving the monuments could begin in the next few days, according to the mayor's office.

Those monuments include the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle, the Jefferson Davis statue on Jefferson Davis Parkway, the P.G.T Beauregard equestrian statue on Esplanade Avenue at the entrance to City Park and the Battle of Liberty Place Monument at Iberville Street.

During a special meeting, the council considered an ordinance that declared the monuments are nuisances and should be removed. The ordinance passed 6-1. Councilmember-at-Large Stacy Head voted against the ordinance.

"This is the right thing to do and now is the time to do it. Moving the location of these monuments — from prominent public places in our city where they are revered to a place where they can be remembered — changes only their geography, not our history," Landrieu said.

Approximately $170,000 in private money will be used to move the monuments. Once removed, the monuments will be stored in a city-owned warehouse until further plans can be developed fora  park or museum site where the monuments can be "put in fuller context."

The city will also begin the legal process necessary to remove the Liberty Place monument, which is subject to a federal court order.

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