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New Orleans to Beauvoir: You can't have our Confederate monuments

In this In this Sept. 2, 2015 file photo, the Robert E. Lee Monument is seen in Lee Circle in New Orleans.
In this In this Sept. 2, 2015 file photo, the Robert E. Lee Monument is seen in Lee Circle in New Orleans. AP

GULFPORT -- New Orleans has nixed a Gulfport councilman's proposal to move Confederate monuments from the Crescent City to Beauvoir in Biloxi, the last home of Jefferson Davis.

"Once removed, the monuments will be stored in a city-owned warehouse until further plans can be developed for a private park or museum site in New Orleans where the monuments can be put in a fuller context," Hayne Rainey, press secretary to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, told the Sun Herald Tuesday afternoon in an email.

The Sun Herald had asked if New Orleans officials would consider relocating the monuments to Beauvoir.

Rainey's email arrived right after the Gulfport City Council voted to remove Councilman Ricky Dombrowski's relocation resolution from the agenda because Dombrowski said it was premature. Beauvoir's board needs to vote first on the proposal, he said.

Dombrowski said before the meeting he has not talked to anyone from the city of New Orleans about moving the monuments.

The New Orleans City Council had voted to remove from city property monuments of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.G.T. Beauregard and the Battle of Liberty Place.

When he saw the news, Dombrowksi said he decided to ask if Beauvoir would be interested in the Jefferson Davis monument. Greg Stewart, Beauvoir's executive director, is interested in bringing all the monuments to Beauvoir at no cost to the waterfront tourist attraction.

Stewart hopes New Orleans might yet relent and loan Beauvoir the monuments until the city overcomes what he calls its "PC cancer."

During the council meeting, Councilwoman Ella Holmes-Hines said Beauvoir and the city of Biloxi needs to approve the move before the Gulfport council considers a resolution. She said she has spoken to Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich.

"He was quite surprised that we were taking this up without any input from the city of Biloxi," Holmes-Hines said.

When Dombrowski was told New Orleans is unwilling to move the monuments to Beauvoir, he said, "It figures .

"If you're going to store it away, store it away at Beauvoir where people who are interested in history can see it."