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People celebrate as the 1911 Jefferson Davis statue erected in the Jim Crow racial segregation era is taken of its pedestal in New Orleans, La. Thursday, May 11, 2017.The city council voted to remove the monument and three other Confederate and white supremacist monuments in Dec. 2015.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

The second of four New Orleans historical monuments was removed from public space Thursday morning with the takedown of the Jefferson Davis statue.

The question of what comes next remains, though, with people left to speculate when the Robert E. Lee or P.G.T. Beauregard statues will see the same fate had by Davis' statue and the monument to the Battle of Liberty Place.

The following is a collection of stories that can lead to some answers, as well as suggested reading concerning the Jefferson Davis monument removal and how it went down.


Jefferson Davis statue taken down overnight

The monument to Confederate President Jefferson Davis was taken off its pedestal early Thursday morning, marking the halfway point of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's effort to remove statues honoring three Confederate leaders and a white supremacist militia from public land in New Orleans.

Crews in helmets, masks and body armor took the statue down in similar fashion as the removal of the Battle of Liberty Place monument two weeks ago, and a few hundred on-lookers, both pro- and anti-monuments, watched it happen.

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"Today we continue the mission," Landrieu said in a statement. "These monuments have stood not as historical or educational markers of our legacy and segregation, but in celebration of it." 


Stephanie Grace: Statues don't represent history, just an agenda-drive version of it

Advocate columnist Stephanie Grace used her latest entry to dive deep into the inscription on Jefferson Davis' statue, and how painting him as a "patriot," doesn't tell the full story of his, and the Confederate's, actions

She writes, "The point is that these statues are not neutral, and were never intended to be. They tell a particular version of history favored by a particular group of people at particular time."


In taking down Jefferson Davis, New Orleans sets aside a symbol of a divided nation

The Advocate's Andrew Vanacore further examines the "patriot" description of Davis, how it lends itself to be a glaring contradiction and the history of how the statue came to be. 


Mitch Landrieu on New Orleans' Confederate monuments: I'm not saying when next one is coming down

Citing safety reasons for both the crews removing the statues and the public, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu maintained he would not reveal a timeline for future monument removals at a press conference just a day before the Jefferson Davis statue was removed.

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Landrieu, however, also stuck with his "sooner rather than later" response when pressed on a timeline.


Judge: New Orleans can go ahead with Beauregard monument removal

Also on Wednesday, a Civil District Court judge ruled that New Orleans officials can proceed with removing an the monument statue to Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard near the entrance to City Park. 

The ruling was made in response to a request for a temporary restraining order made by Tulane University professor Richard Marksbury, who claimed the Beauregard statue was actually owned by the City Park Improvement Association and not the city of New Orleans. 

Judge Kern Reese cited various lawsuits concerning the historical monuments being taken down as going on for "an inordinate amount of time," and cast doubts on claims the city didn't actually own the Beauregard statue or the land it sits on.

Marksbury said he would consider taking his case to the state's 4th Circuit Court of Appeal and the state Supreme Court if necessary.