New Orleans mayor: move 4 Confederate monuments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mayor Mitch Landrieu is asking the New Orleans City Council to move four Confederate monuments and possibly replace them with symbols of the city’s “culture, unity, hope and future.”

They include an obelisk known locally as the white supremacy monument. It originally commemorated members of the White League who fought city police in 1874, killing 11 black officers. White supremacy inscriptions were removed in 1993, and it now says it honors dead on both sides.

The others are a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in a downtown traffic circle; one of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard near the New Orleans Museum of Art; and one of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the Mid-City neighborhood.

Landrieu said in a news release that he will speak to the City Council on Thursday.

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