UPDATE: We’re told that the Jackson statue, which has a gate around it, will be locked down and no one will be permitted near it. Let’s hope that holds up.
We’ll find out starting at six o’clock. The removal of the equestrian statue of Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, has been a goal of the insane anti-monument crowd in that city for some time, and given the bowdlerization craze across the country, the fresh threats to take Jackson out of Jackson Square can’t be dismissed.
Even if trying to topple a 20,000-pound statue is a pretty good way to get yourself or someone else killed. These aren’t really the sharpest tools in the shed.
But business owners all over the French Quarter are pretty terrified about what’s going to happen tonight.
Friday night’s protest is scheduled to shift to Jackson Square, which has some business owners concerned.
Some owners decided to board up windows ahead of the protests, and to head off any damage from Cristobal.
“With the storm coming as well as the protest, they’re doing double insurance, and they are boarding up all the windows and doors for us in case of one or the other or both,” Andre Noujaim, the owner of several shoe stores in the French Quarter said.
He said he’s had little to no business since reopening his shoe stores.
“We’ve already lost so much we don’t want to lose our merchandise on top of it, whether it be a storm or some sort of riot. we’re just protecting what we have left,” Noujaim said.
“I started getting calls last night and this morning from business owners and residents in the quarter concerned, and hopefully it’s peaceful. Most of the people in New Orleans, in Louisiana have been great,” Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser said.
“Hopefully the State Police will get support to be proactive and be out here in force to protect this historical community and square that is so important to the history, the culture and tourism,” Nungesser said.
While some business owners are worried, others are preparing to open doors for the first time since the pandemic.
“We actually installed some dividers if you will, some partitions in the dining room to separate some of the best tables along the window, people could still have. Not be next to each other, but still have the partitions between them for safety,” Muriel’s Jackson Square Owner Rick Gratia said.
Remember, these idiots have made a play for Jackson before…
One would hope that the New Orleans Police Department, which Wednesday night finally started showing some teeth in preventing the “protesters” from blocking the Crescent City Connection, will quickly put a stop to the destruction of that statue. Anybody bringing a hacksaw to that protest in Jackson Square probably ought to be arrested on sight.
But it’s hard to have a lot of faith in that city’s leadership for much of anything.
So this could be the last night that majestic statue stands in Jackson Square. And if it is, New Orleans will truly be gone for good.