Under cover of night, masked workmen wearing bullet proof vests removed a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis Thursday from a New Orleans park. Authorities dismantled the statue amid cries by supporters and cheers by opponents of Civil War era monuments. Alva French reports.
Under cover of night, masked workmen wearing bulletproof vests removing a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis Thursday from a New Orleans park. New Orleans authorities dismantled the statue amid cries by protesters waving Confederate flags and cheers from a group that said the monument glorified racism in the U.S. South. The Jefferson Davis statue, which has stood for more than a century, is the second to be removed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAYOR MITCH LANDRIEU, D - NEW ORLEANS, SAYING: "These particular monuments were put up by a particular group of people for a particular purpose. The purpose was really to white-wash history and to tell a sanitized version of the Confederacy." These dueling protests raging in recent days, with demonstrators on both sides taking to the streets. The removals are part of a trend across the Southern U.S. to move slavery-era monuments into museums and out of public places. That trend intensifying after the 2015 shooting deaths of nine African-American churchgoers at the hands of Dylann Roof, a Confederate-flag waving white supremacist.