Workers take Jefferson Davis statue off its pedestal in New Orleans

Workers take Jefferson Davis statue off its pedestal in New Orleans
Credit: Eric Gay/AP

Workers in New Orleans dismantled the city’s Jefferson Davis monument early Thursday, removing a prominent statue of the Confederate leader that had stood for more than 100 years.

“This historic moment is an opportunity to join together as one city and redefine our future,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Thursday, announcing that crews had begun removing the statue, the second of four planned removals of four Confederacy-related monuments.

As workers slung a strap around the statue’s waist and lifted it off its pedestal, “At least 100 people cheered from across the street, outnumbering the few dozen protesters, some waving Confederate flags,” member station WWNO’s Laine Kaplan-Levenson reports.

“We would have preferred it to be in the daytime,” monument opponent Malcolm Suber told Kaplan-Levenson, “so everybody could see it in the light of day. But we’ll take this.”

Like an earlier removal, this one was performed in the dark; Kaplan-Levenson says that’s because of “death threats against city officials and contractors.”

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