battle of liberty place monument
monument at its most recent location, 2006
|location||new orleans, louisiana, u.s.|
|dismantled date||april 24, 2017|
the battle of liberty place monument is a stone obelisk on an inscribed plinth, formerly on display in new orleans, in the u.s. state of louisiana, commemorating the "battle of liberty place", an 1874 attempt by democratic white league paramilitary organizations to take control of the government of louisiana from its reconstruction era republican leadership after a disputed gubernatorial election.
erected in 1891 by a white-dominated city government, the obelisk became the site of protests and rallies by both white supremacists and those who objected to it as a symbol of racism. it was removed in 2017 amid great controversy and threats of violence and was placed in storage.