At a hearing today regarding the legality of the city of New Orleans removing four historical monuments, City Attorney Rebecca Dietz confirmed that Mayor Mitch Landrieu is working with Whitney Plantation Owner John Cummings to relocate the monuments.
Cummings, who is rumored to be the anonymous donor (though he has denied the claim), has been working with Landrieu to create a Civil War Park at the Whitney Plantation property. Cummings currently owns and runs the nation’s first slave museum.
The Hayride reported back in December how Cummings could actually benefit from the monuments being removed from the public square in the city, as they will be passed along to him.
And as it turns out, the attorney and Democratic-funder will benefit, as the city has confirmed that they are in talks to help Cummings create this Civil War Park where the monuments are expected to end up after removal.
The news comes just as the Hayride exclusively reported how a number of monument removal supporters have been appointed to cushy committee seats for the city’s Tricentennial Commission.
Walter Isaacson, Wynton Marsalis, Flozell Daniels and Carol Bebelle have all be vocal about their support for removing monuments in the city and have all been appointed to serve on the Tricentennial Commission.
Additionally, H&O Investments, the construction company hired by Landrieu to remove the monuments (who have been working with the city as far back as September), have dropped out of the job claiming that they received death threats.
The construction company’s attorneys said the staff and family members of the crew have received death threats and push-back from other work about being involved with monument removal.
“These telephone calls, unkindly name-calling and public outrage expressed in various social media, as well as other area businesses threatening to cancel existing contracts with H&O, have precipitated H&O’s cessation of work,” the attorney wrote in a letter to the city of New Orleans a few days ago.