Landrieu: Monuments don't represent New Orleans' values

Landrieu: Monuments don't represent New Orleans' values

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is set to address the city's removal and relocation of the "Battle of Liberty Place" statue early Monday morning.

The press conference was held at New Orleans Police Department headquarters.

Landrieu said the monuments do not represent the values of the city of New Orleans.

Landrieu said the city has obtained "full funding" to remove all monuments, but he refused to say where the money came from.

"The removal of these statues sends a clear message that New Orleans celebrates our diversity. what is done is done, "We will no longer allow the confederacy to be put on a pedestal in the heart of our city"

Landrieu said of Liberty Statue "was put up to honor the killing of police officers by white supremacists."

"This is not about politics, it is not about blame," Landrieu said.

Landrieu refused to disclose a timeline for the removal of the other three monuments that were declared a public nuisance.

"Due to intense level of threats we will not be sharing details," Landrieu said.

Landrieu said the threats have been aggressive and that led to the monument being removed overnight.

The "Battle of Liberty Place" statue, formerly on Iberville Street, commemorated an attack on New Orleans' racially integrated police force and state militia by the white supremacist "Crescent City White League" in 1874.

The removal follows a decision in March by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana upholding city's right to remove the statue.

The Monumental Task Committee issued a statement ahead of a press conference called by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu scheduled for 8 a.m.

"The Monumental Task Committee has opposed moving and removing monuments throughout its 29 years.  This removal completely lacks basic government transparency.  The whole process has been flawed since the beginning, and this secretive removal under the cloak of darkness, outside of the public bid, masked contractors, and using unidentified money wreaks of atrocious government. People across Louisiana should be concerned over what will disappear next," said Pierre McGraw, MTC president.  "MTC has always encouraged tolerance and respect for all monuments, adding contextualization to existing historic artworks, and building new monuments to further tell Louisiana's stories."

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