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(NOLA.Com) – In 2017, four Confederate monuments in New Orleans were removed from their pedestals and columns, amid protests and counterprotests that swept the city, and put in storage. Six years later, city leaders have yet to decide what to do with them.
In the past few months, Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, who vocally opposed New Orleans’ initiative to remove the monuments from public property in the first place, thought he had a plan. Starting with the P.G.T. Beauregard statue, previously located near the Esplanade Avenue entrance to City Park, he hoped to move them to the Port Hudson State Historic Site, a Civil War battle site between Baton Rouge and St. Francisville. The date was set and a truck was booked, Nungesser said in an interview last week, and it seemed that Mayor LaToya Cantrell was on board.
But then, Nungesser said, she got other ideas.
The four monuments were requested by two Los Angeles spaces, the LAXART gallery and The Museum of Contemporary Art, a Cantrell spokesperson said. The idea was for them to be featured in an exhibition of decommissioned Confederate monuments, alongside existing and newly commissioned contemporary art.
But that plan, too, is now on hold. The exhibition was originally set to open this fall at LAXART and the museum’s The Geffen Contemporary site, Cantrell’s office said, but is now being set for fall 2025.
So what about Nungesser’s idea? Cantrell’s spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on it…