Andrew Jackson statue at Jackson Square must come down if Confederate monuments do, lawsuit claims
A new federal lawsuit seeking to block the removal of monuments to Confederate officials in New Orleans argues that the city unfairly discriminated against a Tulane University professor by not seriously considering his argument that if those statues come down, the Andrew Jackson statue in Jackson Square must go as well.
The suit, filed by Richard Marksbury last week, presents another legal hurdle for the city’s efforts to take down the statues of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Lee Circle; Confederate President Jefferson Davis on Jefferson Davis Parkway; and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard at the entrance to City Park; plus an Iberville Street marker honoring the Battle of Liberty Place, an uprising against the state’s biracial post-Civil War government.
Plans to remove the four monuments were approved by the City Council in December by a 6-1 vote, but they have remained standing as another lawsuit plays out in the federal courts.