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Washington Artillery Park has been renamed to honor Oscar Dunn, the 1st Black elected executive in U.S.
(NOLA.Com) New Orleans officials have quietly removed the cannon atop the former Washington Artillery Park near Jackson Square, part of the effort to wipe symbols of the Confederacy and white supremacy from places of prominence in the city’s landscape.
The cannon, which was purchased by the Washington Artillery in 1875, was on the elevated area overlooking Jackson Square, a popular photo destination because of the vantage point it provides for the St. Louis Cathedral.
As of Thursday, an empty pedestal was all that remained.
John Lawson, a spokesperson for Mayor LaToya Cantrell, said the removal of the cannon, on Tuesday, was the first step in redeveloping the park, which was renamed Oscar Dunn Park last year. The cannon is being moved to Jackson Barracks…
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