New Orleans removing last of four statues linked to pro-slavery era

New Orleans removing last of four statues linked to pro-slavery eraCrews in New Orleans on Friday fastened straps around a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee as the city worked to remove the last of four monuments its leaders see as racially offensive. As the blue straps encircled the bronze figure of Lee with crossed arms atop a 60-foot marble column in the center of a busy traffic circle, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was half a mile away speaking to an audience that included civil rights leaders, city officials and activists. Landrieu said the four monuments were out of step with a modern city that embraces people of all races while acknowledging that New Orleans was also once one of the biggest slave markets in America.



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