Photographs by AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
In this Sept. 2, 2015 file photo, the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in Lee Circle in New Orleans.
Friday, May 19, 2017
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says taking down a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will allow his city to "heal and become the city we always should have been."
Lee's statue comes down Friday, the last of four Confederate-related statues to be removed from public property in the Louisiana city.
Landrieu plans to address city residents later Friday. He said in an interview with The Associated Press that "we don't want these statues in places of reverence; they need to be in places of remembrance."
Three other Confederacy-related statues were removed at night. The mayor said the Lee statue is coming down in the daytime because officials couldn't guarantee the safety of construction workers from nearby electrical lines if they worked at night.
Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.