Death threats prompt company hired to remove Confederate monuments to back out of job

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The Baton Rouge company, H&O Investments, hired to remove four Confederate monuments throughout New Orleans has backed out of its contract after receiving death threats, the company lawyer told WGNO.

On Tuesday Roy Maughan, a lawyer for H&O sent a letter to the City of New Orleans explaining they could no longer work with the City on this project after receiving several phone calls, social media messages and some death threats directed toward H&O’s owner and staff.

The letter goes on to say other area businesses threatened to cancel existing contracts with H&O, as well.

“These telephone calls, unkindly name-calling and public outrage expressed in various social media, as well as other area businesses threatening to cancel existing contracts with H&O, have precipitated H&O’s cessation of work,” Maughan says in the letter.

Maughan said H&O workers were surveying the historical monuments this week, after that the threats started coming in.

He said H&O likes working with the city, but they would rather not work on something that is so sensitive and ignites passion on both sides.

The monuments set to be removed include:

  • Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee
  • P.G.T. Beauregard
  • Confederate President Jefferson Davis
  • A monument honoring the Battle of Liberty Place

H&O’s announcement came just days before a court hearing discussing the legality of removing the monuments.

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