The statue of Robert E. Lee is New Orleans is scheduled to be dismantled on Friday.
"The cultural and economic and the spiritual loss to this city for having those statues up that have run people out of the city", Landrieu claimed.
The hours-long process of removing the statue of the Confederate general who symbolized Southern resistance in the Civil War ended late Friday afternoon as a crane lifted the statue from its perch.
Historians, in the past, have said that the opposite is true of New Orleans, however, arguing that the city attracts tourists and residents because of its rich history and public museum-like displays. The removal of the statue comes after the city ha. Mayor Mitch Landrieu took these photographs of the removal of the P.G.T. Beauregard statue and posted them on his verified Twitter page.
In April 1861, as war between North and South became inevitable, Col. The mass shooting recharged debate over whether Confederate emblems represent racism or an honorable heritage. Dozens more protesters showed up on Friday morning, and the crowds grew steadily throughout the day.
Al Kennedy, who is white and a former New Orleans school board member, supported removal.
"The Confederacy was on the wrong side of history and humanity".
The history of the Confederacy, he added, is one "we should never forget and one that we should never again put on a pedestal to be revered".
The statues were erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the "lost cause of the Confederacy", a movement recognized across the South as promoting white supremacy, according to a news release from the mayor's office.
Liberal New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu's sole political ambition isn't reducing crime or bringing jobs to his city, or at least it doesn't seem to be. It would be impossible to do the removal "at dark and maintain the safety of the construction workers", he said.
The four monuments are being stored at a city warehouse until determinations are made about where they may end up.
After the unveiling, a crowd of Confederate veterans circled the statue two or three times as strains of "America" and "Dixie" filled the air. Though public scrutiny of such memorials has intensified since white supremacist Dylann Roof's June 2015 massacre of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., the act of removing them is fraught with logistical, legal and ideological hurdles.
The statue of Lee, who commanded Confederate armies against the Union in the Civil War, was the most prominent of the four statues, his bronze figure standing almost 20 feet (6 meters) tall in uniform, arms crossed defiantly, gazing northward. It's an image of Lee standing tall in uniform, with his arms crossed defiantly, looking toward the northern horizon from atop a roughly 60-foot-tall column.
As for what will happen to the statues, The Associated Press reports the city is soliciting proposals from nonprofit and government entities and has so far gotten offers from various public and private institutions.