New Orleans has officially joined the movement to take down symbols left from days of the confederacy and Jim Crow.
According to the Associated Press, New Orleans took down one of its many monuments that were remained remnants of the white-supremacist uprise that began in 1874. The Liberty Place monument was a 35-foot granite obelisk that honored whites who tried to take down the biracial Reconstruction government put in place in New Orleans following the Civil War.
The statue was removed in the still of the night just before daybreak. This is because of death threats and fears of commotion from those that did not want to see the monument removed were about. Threats and protest aside, the city of New Orleans will stand strong in its stance against keeping up this monument and those others like it in the city. Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans vowed:
“We will no longer allow the Confederacy to literally be put on a pedestal in the Heart of out city”
This monument is just one of the four that are on the agenda. The other three monuments will be taken down at later undisclosed dates.