Judge Rules Confederate Statue Can Be Removed

Judge Rules Confederate Statue Can Be Removed

Judge Rules Confederate Statue Can Be Removed

A state judge ruled Friday against an effort by preservationists to stop the removal of prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans.

Civil District Court Judge Piper D. Griffin said the city did not act improperly in deciding to take down four monuments tied to Confederate history, including a towering column and statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Griffin denied a request to stop the city from moving forward with its plans. The plaintiffs said they would appeal.

The state suit deals with three of the four monuments: statues of Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president, P.G.T. Beauregard, a Louisiana-born Confederate general, and Lee. A fourth monument, an obelisk to the White League's attempt to overthrow a biracial government after the Civil War, is under a federal consent decree.

Pierre McGraw, president of the Monumental Task Committee Inc., filed a lawsuit in late January to stop the removal. His group maintains the monuments. Another historic preservation group, the Lafayette Square Association, joined his suit Thursday.

 

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