NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least two statues of notable historical figures were pulled from their pedestals at New Orleans and yet another was coated with red spray paint, police said Friday.
Statues of John McDonogh, who built a fortune on slave labour and abandoned it to teaching children, also Charles Didier Dreux, the first Confederate officer killed in the Civil War, have been toppled late Thursday. A monument celebrating teacher and philanthropist Sophie B. Wright was spray-painted with”BLM,” that stands for Dark Lives Matter, and a hood placed over that statue’s head.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s government said those responsible”will face consequences”
“As we’ve said during these occasions: the government is in full support of peaceful demonstrations and of our individuals making their voices heard,” Cantrell spokesman Beau Tidwell stated in an emailed statement to The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate. “However, the vandalism and destruction of City property won’t be tolerated. These events will be fully investigated and those responsible will face consequences”
Take’Em Down and other groups have called for the elimination of three figurines.
Tidwell didn’t immediately respond to queries about plans or precautions for all these and other statues from town. In addition, he didn’t state where Cantrell stands removing them.
Wright, the daughter of a Confederate soldier, was also part of the Daughters of the Confederacy. Dreux was a district attorney and state lawmaker prior to the Civil War, along with his rock bust with its own nose broken off was a regular target for vandalism.
McDonogh got his start as a dealer of product and, with other people’s cash, climbed his riches to add numerous sugar plantations and almost 200 slaves. He left most of his luck into the cities of Baltimore and New Orleans to develop public schools for freed and white Black kids. Over 30 public colleges were constructed in New Orleans due to his donation.
Along with the massive statue in Lafayette Square, across from Gallier Hall, which was ripped down Thursday, a burst of McDonogh across from City Hall was pumped over and thrown from the Mississippi River through a demonstration last month. The bust was recovered and turned into the town, which hasn’t commented on its own future.