Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue coming down Friday morning, city announces

3 years ago The Times-Picayune 0

Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s statue at Lee Circle, the last of four monuments New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants removed from public property, will be taken down Friday morning (May 19), the city announced.

The statue will spend only one more night looking to the north from its 60-foot column, as crews began prepared the site Thursday. The statue was first put in place in 1884. 

Barricades were set up in the afternoon and a portion of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line around Lee Circle was removed to allow a crane to maneuver around the monument.

But the city, in a press release, said the removal would begin at 9 am Friday. The notice said the process is expecting to last at least until 5 p.m.  

Police will close streets around Lee Circle, including a portion of St. Charles Avenue, beginning at 4 a.m. Friday. Road closures will be set at these intersections:

  • Calliope and Carondelet
  • St. Charles and Calliope
  • Howard and Carondelet
  • St. Joseph and St. Charles
  • Camp St. and Andrew Higgins Drive. 

The notice said demonstrators will have a right to “peaceful protest” and that “out of an abundance of caution,” the city will be taken “extraordinary security measures” to maintain order and protect the workers removing the monument. 

Parking enforcement personnel will also be working and watch for illegal parking, the city said. RTA services, including bus service and the streetcar, may be interrupted. Details on any route changes are available at, the city said.