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PGT Beauregard statue, pieces of other monuments sitting in city-owned lot

PGT Beauregard statue, pieces of other monuments sitting in city-owned lot

Warning: The video below contains profanity: The statue will be the third Confederate monument removed by the city. They'll be sitting in an unlocked storage yard, next to piles of scrap - at least for now.

Last week, the city removed a 6-foot statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from its pedestal. The Robert E. Lee statue will be the only one remaining.

The statue of Gen. P G T Beauregard was lifted off its base shortly before 3am Wednesday, with workers wearing helmets and covering their faces.

Police arrested two people for spraying graffiti on the base of a former Confederate monument in New Orleans.

Check back for more. The killer, Dylann Roof, was an avowed racist who brandished Confederate battle flags in photos. The most famous monument left-wing groups are targeting is the President Andrew Jackson monument which sits at the center for the city's French Quarter.

A New Orleans Police mounted patrol circles the statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard as the statue is prepared for removal from the entrance to City Park in New Orleans, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Efforts to remove Confederate statues are underway in other parts of the south, including in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a Confederate General Robert E. Lee statue is scheduled to be removed.

Celebrated New Orleans trumpet player Terence Blanchard told Nola.comThe Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/2rqKQWv) that he came to watch with his wife and two daughters when he learned the statue was coming down.

Monument supporters, said the works are a way to remember and honor history.

But the process was stuck in legal limbo for over a year as monument supporters fought to keep them up. The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority said Thursday afternoon that detours for the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line would be in place around the roundabout until further notice.

"I've never looked at them as a source of pride", Blanchard said. It commemorated what came to be known as the Battle of Liberty Place, in 1874 - a rebellion by whites who battled a biracial Reconstruction-era government in New Orleans.

In a news release obtained by The Associated Press, the city said the statues were "erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the 'Cult of the Lost Cause, ' a movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy".

Of the four monuments, Lee's was easily the most prominent, with the bronze statue alone being close to 20 feet tall.