By Amechi Idumuebor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Black Lives Matter protesters tore down a bust of a slave owner and then took the remains to the Mississippi River and rolled it down the banks into the water.
The destruction of the John McDonogh bust is part of a nationwide effort to remove monuments to the Confederacy or with links to slavery as the country grapples with widespread protests against police brutality toward African Americans in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.
Police said in a statement Saturday that demonstrators at Duncan Plaza, which is directly across the street from City Hall, dragged the bust into the streets, loaded it onto trucks and took it to the Mississippi River where they threw it in.
Two people who were driving the trucks transporting the bust were apprehended by police, authorities said. Their names were not given in the statement.