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WATCH LIVE: P. G. T. Beauregard statue in New Orleans to be removed tonight

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UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.

Live footage of crews removing the Beauregard statue, courtesy of WVUE.

UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.

It's official: The statue of Confederate general Pierre Gustave Tutante Beauregard in New Orleans is being removed from City Park tonight.

City officials confirmed the statue's removal in an announcement released only hours after police barricades surrounded the statue.  The move comes after several legal maneuvers by supporters of the statue to keep it in place.  Judges struck down each of those attempts.  Statue supporters also argued City Hall could not removed the statue because City Park owned it.  However, earlier Tuesday, City Park officials said they could not find documentation that the park owns the statue, clearing the way for the statue to be removed.

"Today we take another step in defining our City not by our past but by our bright future," said New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu. "While we must honor our history, we will not allow the Confederacy to be put on a pedestal in the heart of New Orleans. As we near our City's 300th anniversary, we must continue to find courage to stand up to hate and embrace justice and compassion."

The Beauregard statue is the third Jim Crow-era statue to be removed from city property over the last four weeks.  Crews removed the Liberty Place Monument from its Iberville Street site in the early-morning hours of April 24; the statue of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis was removed from its namesake parkway on May 11.

A fourth Confederate statue, that of General Robert E. Lee, remains standing in downtown New Orleans.  City officials say they will remove that statue in the coming days, but because of threats against city leaders and contractors, officials will not give the timeline for removing that particular statue.

The Beauregard statue has stood at the entrance to City Park on Esplanade Avenue since its dedication in 1915.  Beauregard, a native of St. Bernard Parish, led the attack on Fort Sumter to begin the Civil War and led Confederate troops to victory at the First Battle of Bull Run.  Beauregard, who was a West Point graduate and commanded U. S. Army troops during the Mexican-American War, received a pardon from President Andrew Johnson in 1868.

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NOPD officers have put barricades in place in City Park near the PGT Beauregard monument, fueling speculation that the statue is coming down as soon as tonight, WGNO reports. 

It's the third of four Confederate monuments that are slated to come down, despite the Louisiana House of Representatives advancing legislation that would require a local vote before war monuments can be removed, the station reports. 

The bill will now go before the state Senate, and if passed, will advance to the governor's desk for final approval, the station reports. 

The Monumental Task Committee, the group that's fighting to keep the monuments in place, held a press conference in front of the PGT Beauregard statue at City Park Tuesday afternoon, pleading with the city to let the legislation run its course in the Legislature or at least wait 30 days before removing any more monuments, WGNO reports. 

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