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Sat Jan 2, 2016, 03:02 AM

Jefferson Davis statue in New Orleans vandalized, TV station says

The statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in New Orleans' Mid-City area has been spray-painted with the name of political activist Angela Davis, WWL television reported Friday (Jan. 1). The statue is one of four Confederate monuments recently targeted for removal by Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council.

A photo published by WWL shows the name Angela Davis scrawled in yellow on the base of the statute, located at Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street. Davis, a retired college professor, gained national notice in 1969 after being fired from her teaching position at the University of California at Los Angeles for her social activism and membership in the Communist Party.

New Orleans City Hall has agreed not to remove the Confederate monuments until after a court hearing on Jan. 14. Several groups opposed to the removals filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the city.

Read more: http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/01/jefferson_davis_statue_in_mid-.html#incart_most-comments

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