Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, on the removal of four Confederate monuments and what it means for the city’s future

Here I was, the mayor of New Orleans, in the midst of a building boom like no other, the city filled with million-dollar construction jobs, and I couldn’t find anyone in town who would rent me a crane.

The people of the city of New Orleans, through their elected government, had made the decision to take down four Confederate monuments – statues of Robert E Lee, Jefferson Davis and Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, and a monument honoring the White League, a Reconstruction era organization of racial militants – and it wasn’t sitting well with some of the powerful business interests in the state.

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