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P.G.T. Beauregard Statue Removed From Entrance To New Orleans City Park

Laine Kaplan-Levenson
The P.G.T Beauregard monument hours before it was removed in the early hours of May 17th, 2017.

A third confederate monument in New Orleans was removed in the middle of the night. The statue of P.G.T. Beauregard that once stood at the entrance to New Orleans’ City Park is now gone.

It took almost 7 hours for workers to strap the statue of confederate general PGT Beauregard and his horse to a crane and lift it onto a flatbed truck. Karen Murray was there in protest. She wiped away angry tears as she watched workers set up in the dark.

“It’s like thieves in the night, oh let’s take it down in the middle of the night, you know who takes things down in the middle of the night?”

All three confederate monuments were removed at night, for security purposes, says Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Many came to cheer the monument coming down, and the two sides argued across barricades. Three people were detained. There's now one confederate monument that’s still slated for removal: the statue of Robert E. Lee. 

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