Lawsuit filed to block removal of Confederate monuments
NEW ORLEANS - Four hours after the mayor signed a city ordinance into law that removes Confederate monuments, a lawsuit was filed to block the removal.
The Louisiana Landmarks Society, Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Monumental Task Committee and Beauregard Camp No. 130 challenged the city council's vote to remove the structures. Mayor Mitch Landrieu supported the measure.
Landrieu said the process to remove three of the monuments will begin within days by finding a contractor to take them down. It is expected to cost about $170,000.
The monuments are of Confederate Gens. P.G.T. Beauregard and Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and an 1891 obelisk honoring the Crescent City White League, which challenged Louisiana's biracial government after the Civil War.
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