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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Protesters in New Orleans tore down a bust of a slave owner who left his wealth to build schools.

They then took the remains to the Mississippi River and rolled it into the water.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said on Twitter that the city “rejects vandalism and destruction of City property.”

The destruction Saturday is part of a nationwide effort to remove monuments to the Confederacy or with links to slavery. The bust was of John McDonogh.

Upon his death, McDonogh left a large portion of his money to New Orleans and Baltimore for schools, and many schools in New Orleans are named after him.