Robert E. Lee statue coming down in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS - The city of New Orleans is removing its fourth and final Confederate-era monument.

Unlike the first three statues, the monument to Gen. Robert E. Lee is coming down during the day.

Streets near the city's Lee Circle -- where the monument has stood for 133 years -- were blocked off by early Friday in preparation for the dismantling that's scheduled to begin after 9 a.m. CT.

The city started removing the public landmarks in late April, after the New Orleans City Council voted in 2015 to remove the four Confederate markers. 

Recent court rulings cleared the way for the monuments to be removed and relocated following heated public debate and legal fights.


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