C. Ray Nagin

Confederate statue removals part of New Orleans mayor legacy

Mitch Landrieu enters his final year as mayor of New Orleans drawing less attention to what's been built than to what's been taken down: Century-old landmarks, three honoring Confederate leaders and one heralding white supremacy, have disappeared from the city landscape at his behest.

Emotional debates, state and federal court battles and tense confrontations at monument sites marked the process. The drama played out over the nearly two years since he proposed removing the four monuments. The City Council approved the action in December 2015.

Landrieu won elections in 2010 and 2014 with strong biracial majorities. But he's limited to two consecutive terms and his political...