By: Kevin Boyd
The city of New Orleans is having problems with vandals attacking monuments they don’t like. It has been going on since 2015 when Mayor Mitch Landrieu called on the city to remove 4 Confederate monuments.
Now vandals belonging to an anarchist group are on the loose targeting Confederate monuments that are not on city property. They have hit two monuments in the past week.
An anarchist group called ‘The Real Meow Meow Liberation Front’ is taking credit for vandalizing a granite monument erected for a Confederate-era poet-priest.
On Wednesday, the group published a photo of the spray-painted monument on a blog called, “It’s Going Down,” a site that describes itself as an anonymous outlet for groups with “anarchist, anti-fascist, autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements” to “publicize and promote revolutionary theory and action.”
The monument was erected in 1949 by the Louisiana Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) in honor of Father Abram Ryan, a poet and chaplain of the South during the Civil War.
It is located in the 400 block of Jefferson Davis Parkway and depicts a furled Confederate flag, along with the inscription “Furl that banner for ’tis weary, Round its staff tis dropping dreary, Furl it, Fold it — Let it rest!”
Meanwhile, these vandals have struck Mid-City. From the Mid-City Messenger:
The concrete bust of Col. Charles Didier Dreux in Mid-City was vandalized sometime overnight, and a familiar group of vandals claimed responsibility.
The nose of Dreux’s concrete monument was chiseled off and the base spray painted with a Circle-A symbol – the common symbol for anarchy. There were fliers scattered around the base of the statue similar to those found around the vandalized Father Abram J. Ryan statue earlier this week. The fliers around Ryan encouraged passers-by to chisel away at the statue or douse it with paint. The Real Meow Meow Liberation Front – Professional Party Planning Committee claimed responsibility for the act.
Dreux’s monument honors the first Louisiana Confederate field officer to be killed in the Civil War. The monument sits on Jefferson Davis Parkway, facing the former Jefferson Davis monument across from Canal Street.
Solving these crimes appears not to be a major priority of the New Orleans Police Department. After all, these acts of vandalism are being publicized and bragged about on social media.
This is just another reminder that the fight over monuments aren’t over. The ones who wanted Robert E. Lee gone never planned on stopping with just four monuments.