Jefferson Davis Monument
The monument in 2015
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
The Jefferson Davis Monument, also known as the Jefferson Davis Memorial, was an outdoor sculpture and memorial to Jefferson Davis, installed at Jeff Davis Parkway and Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States from 1911 to 2017.
The statue itself was dedicated on the 22nd of February, 1911. The "Whites Only" ceremony included a mass of school children dressed in red, white, and blue forming a Confederate "living battle flag", in which formation the sang "Dixie". The date of dedication was said to correspond with the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederate States of America, though the actual anniversary would have been 4 days earlier since Davis's inauguration was on 18 February 1861.
After the Charleston church shooting in 2015, a concerted effort was launched to remove several monuments from public spaces in New Orleans, with Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell citing the Jefferson Davis Monument as "the one that really has some momentum around it." A grassroots activist group, Take Em Down NOLA, campaigned for their removal.
By decision of the New Orleans City Council in December 2015, the statue was ordered to be removed and stored in a warehouse until another location is sought. Pro-monument protestors, many from out of state, bearing Confederate flags and open-carrying firearms, surrounded the monument for weeks. They were confronted by locals who supported removal, and confrontations grew more heated until the City cordoned the area.
The New Orleans local chapter of the Green Party of Louisiana issued a statement in support of the removal.
On May 11, 2017, the statue of Davis was removed, on order from the City, despite the presence of dozens of protesters and supporters. Those removing the statue wore masks and helmets to hide their identities and the company name on their truck was hidden. After the statue's removal, the pedestal and base were also removed, leaving only the foundation. The cost of removing the statue was split between private donations and the City of New Orleans.
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