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Thursday May 18, 2017

From The Times-Picayune (NOLA)

Terence Blanchard as he watched Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard’s removal: ‘It’s a historic moment’
By: Beau Evans

Among the dozens of onlookers who watched workers take down the statue of P.G.T. Beauregard on Wednesday morning was Terence Blanchard, the celebrated trumpet player. Blanchard spoke to a NOLA.com | Times Picayune reporter about his feelings about the four Confederate monuments being removed from city public spaces.

Blanchard said that he was arriving in New Orleans from an out-of-town trip when he saw online that workers were in the process of removing the Beauregard monument. He headed to the scene outside City Park with his wife and two daughters.

Blanchard was standing at the scene recording the removal on his phone as he spoke. He said the monuments had long been a sore spot for him, and said it was almost unbelievable to see them finally coming down.

“It’s a historic moment,” Blanchard said as he watched the monument lifted from its pedestal. “This is something I never thought I’d see in my lifetime. It’s a sign that the world is changing.

“I’ve never looked at them as a source of pride,” added Blanchard, who attended John F. Kennedy High School, which is near the monument’s spot in City Park. “It’s always made me feel as if they were put there by people who don’t respect us.”

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