It’s outside, in an NOPD motor pool lot in the Desire area of the city. No secured, controlled warehouse, as promised for the Beauregard statue ripped down last night by the mayor and his masked men.
We have pictures…
Remember when Mitch Landrieu said the monuments would be stored in controlled, secured conditions to prevent their being damaged?
Yeah, about that…
The good news is that the Beauregard statue is impervious to the kinds of damage lots of other residents of that part of New Orleans are subject to in Mitch Landrieu’s final year.
If you’d like to go by and see Beauregard in what is probably not his final resting place but could well be his home for some time, the image at the top gives you an idea where in the city he is – that lot is on the corner of Alvar Street and Chicasaw Street, a few blocks south of I-10 just before it travels east over the Industrial Canal. Here’s a close-up of the location…
Don’t be shocked if the police aren’t very welcoming. After all, in Mitch Landrieu’s New Orleans, and particularly on the corner of Alvar and Chickasaw, strangers are quite likely to make off with everything that isn’t nailed down – perhaps even including police vehicles.
But that’s how the Beauregard statue is being treated by the city he made his home.
And if you think the statue was handled roughly, here’s its base, which was left at the site of the statue for the past 102 years until Landrieu and his masked men paid it a visit…
Two men were arrested for “vandalizing” the base of the statue, if you can believe it.
According to NOPD, an Eighth District commander spotted Michael Kimball, 57, and Christopher Kimball, 31, both of Norco, spray-painting the base outside the entrance to City Park.
The men are accused of using red spray paint to paint the words “Gen. Beauregard CSA” across the statue’s base.
Both Kimballs were arrested and booked for criminal damage to historic buildings or landmarks by defacing with graffiti.
The city which trashed the monument to its most prominent 19th century native military figure arrested people for using spray paint to mark what once stood there.
That’s Mitch Landrieu’s New Orleans. Where the vandals make arrests for vandalism.