The city is now accepting bids from contractors for the job of removing these monuments, which could begin in the next few weeks. Once again, this is a decision that must be left to the people of New Orleans, but removal will likely have a serious impact on deliberations in other cities.
The New Orleans decision, however, involves four sites, including three large monuments honoring Lee, Davis and Beauregard. It will represent the most dramatic transformation of a commemorative landscape devoted to the Confederacy.
It is unclear as to whether it will lead to new or renewed calls for removal in other cities and towns. Stay tuned, this wave has yet to crest.
[Image: White Citizens Council Meeting in New Orleans]