Woman climbs on top of P.G.T. Beauregard statue

Woman climbs on top of P.G.T. Beauregard statue

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department has placed barricades near the statue of P.G.T. Beauregard.

The barricades were placed near the entrance of City Park on Monday.

After they arrived, a woman, known as Jenna, climbed on the statue and appeared to spray it with a liquid and wipe it off.

The woman has been living in a camper near the monument for almost a month. She accepts that these monuments are coming down, but says she will be here until the end.

"When was the last time you saw the granite sparkle on it? When was the last time you saw the granite sparkle on it," she sobbed. "Because of me and my money, he's going to go down with dignity. He's going to go down with dignity."

Officers showed up shortly after noon and spoke with the woman, but she was not taken into custody.

"The City is responsible for the maintenance of the PGT Beauregard statue, and when necessary, our professionals use a specialized cleaning method to remove any graffiti while preserving the property. We ask that residents allow the City to conduct its own professional cleaning. Any interference poses safety risks to the individual as well as the potential for further damage to the City's property," the Landrieu administration said in an emailed statement.

This monument is one of two remaining Confederate-era monuments the Landrieu administration has promised to remove after the city council declared them public nuisances.

In the past several weeks, crews have taken down a statue of Jefferson Davis and the Liberty Place monument at the foot of Canal St.