Report: New Orleans works to clean vandalized Confederate monuments _lowres

A photo of the graffiti that was found on several New Orleans Confederate monuments (via WWL-TV).

The Confederate monuments throughout New Orleans have been a point of contention for some time, and opposition to them has been taken to criminal levels.

The words 'take 'em down' and 'take down white power' were marked upon several New Orleans monuments in spraypaint this week, according to a report from WWL-TV.

Workers with the Department of Property Management were scrubbing the monuments Friday, which included P.G.T. Beauregard, Battle of Liberty Place, Father Abram J. Ryan, Jefferson Davis and Charles Didier Dreux.

The map below shows three of the vandalized locations.

“I hate to see anything like that defaced," said Darren Dalpiaz to WWL-TV. "It doesn’t matter what it is, it’s just wrong. It’s a piece of history, If we don’t learn from our history how can we do better? I say leave them alone.”

Read the full WWL-TV report and see more photos here.