Two weeks have passed since the removal of New Orleans' Battle of Liberty Place monument, and the battle for the fate of three remaining Confederate monuments continues to heat up as rumors persist their removal is imminent.
On Sunday, crowds representing both sides of the argument met at Lee Circle -- where the statue commemorating Confederate general Robert E. Lee towers over the Warehouse District -- for what was mostly peaceful protest separated by heavy New Orleans police presence.
The following is a rundown of what's transpired since Sunday afternoon:
Clash over Confederate monuments in New Orleans captures national headlines
New Orleans media outlets weren't the only news organizations following Take 'Em Down NOLA's protest and several pro-monuments groups' counter protest.
New York Times readers were greeted by an article on its front page detailing what it referred to as "an ugly battle over race and history in New Orleans that seems to only be growing uglier."
As the city of New Orleans prepares to take down three Confederate monuments in the coming d…
Long-shot suit filed to block removing P.G.T. Beauregard statue gets quickly denied by New Orleans judge
The Monumental Task Committee held a news conference Monday morning to announce a lawsuit filed by Tulane University professor Richard Marksbury that argued the General P.G.T. Beauregard statue planned to be removed is actually owned by the City Park Improvement Association -- and by extension Gov. Billy Nungesser's office -- and the organization must sign off on Mayor Mitch Landrieu's plan to take it down.
What some saw as hope for the statue remaining in city park was quickly squashed by the afternoon, as Civil District Court Judge Kern Reese denied Marksbury's and the MTC's request.
The city, however, is also facing legal threats to its plan in the form of a Louisiana House committee advancing legislation that would forbid the removal of Confederate monuments on public property on May 3.
A last-minute legal attempt to block New Orleans officials from taking down a statue of Conf…
New Orleans mayoral candidate Frank Scurlock arrested at Jefferson Davis statue in bizarre episode
While it didn't happen Monday, news broke of New Orleans mayoral candidate Frank Scurlock being arrested Saturday night at the Jefferson Davis statue on Canal Street that is also planned to be removed.
A YouTube video uploaded by user SHUTTERSHOT45 shows Scurlock attempting to get a NOPD dispatcher to explain why officers were at the Davis statue while barricades were being put up. When he didn't get answers to his question, Scurlock begins following an officer leaving the area behind the barricade, eventually leading to his arrest when he refuses to stop following the officer after several warnings to stop.
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"My civil rights, liberty and everything granted to me by the Constitution of the United States of America was taken away from me by the New Orleans Police Department," Scurlock said in an interview Monday.
Frank Scurlock, a candidate for New Orleans mayor and would-be developer of the former Six F…
Other 3 Confederate statues coming down soon?
When the the remaining Confederate statues are removed from public viewing is the one question on everyone's mind, and it's also the hardest to answer.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu reiterated the same "sooner rather than later" sentiment he expressed after the removal of the Liberty Place monument in a May 2 report following rumors the Jefferson Davis statue would come down the previous evening.
He did, however, mention wanting to refrain from interrupting other events in the city like Jazz Fest, which ended Sunday, and state with potential tension arising from the Department of Justice's decision in Alton Sterling's death in Baton Rouge.
With those events out of the way, it's heavily rumored the "sooner" Landrieu is talking about might be this week. Aside from barriers being placed around Lee Circle in preparation of Sunday's protests, barricades have also been placed at the site of the Jefferson Davis monument in Mid-City.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu mounted a passionate defense of his approach to removing the city’s mon…
Other notable headlines:
- Landrieu's decision to remove New Orleans' monuments has gotten him plenty of national publicity, including a shout out in a New York Times article as a potential 2020 presidential nominee. Plenty of people voiced their opinions on the matter before Landrieu quietly shut the thought down ... for now.
- Landrieu also made headlines when he apologized for singling out a businessman and longtime supporter who opposed his plans to remove the monuments.
- A state Supreme Court decision in how the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals must classify the animals it euthanizes may have repercussions on how Landrieu's administration has been able to keep funding and contractors involved with the removal of the monuments classified.
- Even Jazz Fest was not an escape to the political drama surrounding the monuments removal, as pro-monuments banners and sky writing flew across the fairgrounds both weekends.
- A Mid-City bar received backlash online after they allegedly refused to serve pro-monuments protesters near the Jefferson Davis statue, according to a WWL-TV report.
- WWL-TV also reported on recent vandalization of both the Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard statues.