NEW OR­LEANS RE­MOVES OF­FEN­SIVE STATUE

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New Or­leans re­moved a statue that the mayor said glo­ri­fied a 19th-cen­tury at­tack on po­lice by white su­prem­a­cists, the first of four mon­u­ments that the city will re­lo­cate to send a mes­sage of “di­ver­sity, in­clu­sion and tol­er­ance.” Au­thor­i­ties took down the statue hon­or­ing the so-called Bat­tle of Lib­erty Place, act­ing with­out no­tice and un­der the cover of dark­ness for se­cu­rity rea­sons, and will move it to a mu­seum or other fa­cil­ity, Mayor Mitch Lan­drieu said. A fed­eral court cleared the way for its re­moval in March. Erected in 1891, the mon­u­ment com­mem­o­rates an 1874 at­tack on the racially in­te­grated city po­lice and state mili­tia by the white su­prem­a­cist “Cres­cent City White League,” the mayor’s of­fice said. “The statue was put up to honor the killing of po­lice of­fi­cers by white su­prem­a­cists,” Lan­drieu said.

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