The city of New Orleans had to remove Jefferson Davis Statue at night due to the fear of the protests.
New Orleans has proved the seriousness of its intention to fight the confederate legacy. The mayor of the city, Mitch Landrieu, has been unapologetic in his intention to remove the statues of Jefferson Davis, P.G.T. Beauregard, and Robert E. Lee at the city’s iconic Lee Circle.
When I saw the video of people protesting the removal of Jefferson Davis’ statue, I felt dejected. We aren’t moving forward at all. https://t.co/Mve4u44oiT
— Micah (@MicahHarshaw) May 12, 2017
“This morning we continue our march to reconciliation by removing the Jefferson Davis Confederate statue from its pedestal of reverence,” tweeted Mayor Landrieu before the statue’s removal.
At Thursday night, masked crews worked in the dark to take down the monument to the former Confederate president, which had been up for 106 years. These measures were taken to avoid possible public disorder which might be caused by the supporters of the Confederacy who came to protest the removal. Afterwards, Landrieu tweeted, “This historic moment is an opportunity to join together as one city and redefine our future. #Nola”
— An American Outside (@Tangueray41) May 11, 2017
The city initiated the removal of the monuments late in 2015, but court challenges tied up the move until recently.
Removal of each of these racist statues opens a new page in the American history a page devoted to the victory of the Black people over slavery and white supremacy! Though of course, it’s sad that even doing the right thing the city administration was afraid to do it openly.