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Last Confederate monument standing in New Orleans is taken down

Workers prepare to take down the statue of former Confederate general Robert E. Lee, which stands over 100 feet tall, in Lee Circle in New Orleans, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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A statue of General Robert E. Lee facing defiantly north with his arms crossed was removed Friday.

NEW ORLEANS — They were among the city’s oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of New Orleans as the Superdome and St. Louis Cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of Confederate stalwarts.

But after decades standing sentinel over this Southern city, the Confederate monuments are gone, amid a controversy that at times hearkened back to the divisiveness of the Civil War they commemorated.

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The last — a statue of General Robert E. Lee facing defiantly north with his arms crossed — was lifted by a crane from its pedestal Friday. As air was seen between Lee’s statue and the pedestal below it, a cheer went out from the crowd assembled below.

Lee’s was the last of four monuments to Confederate-era figures to be removed under a 2015 City Council vote on a proposal Mayor Mitch Landrieu made in the aftermath of the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church.

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