Authorities took down a bronze Confederate-era equestrian statue of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard early Wednesday. It was the third of four such monuments to be removed in the city.
Police began moving pro-monument supporters away from the statue at the entrance to City Park on Tuesday evening in preparation for its removal.
A short time later massive spotlights, large cranes and a big work crew showed up at the scene to repeat the drill done twice before, preparing the monument to be taken down.
There were strong views from those watching the removal on both sides of the debate.
“When I was a little girl the statue was something fun that I drove by on my way to school,” said Janet Rupert, a supporter of removing the monuments. “Learning more about the history of what it really represents, more than just it’s a work of art, it’s a statue, the reasons why it was put up in the first place, I think it’s time to take them down.”
Some said regardless of what the statue represents, it’s a work of art.