No Documents exist showing the Beauregard Monument Association Transferred the PGT Beauregard Statue to the City of New Orleans.
The Monument could have been placed across the street at Camp Nicholls Veterans Home which was build with private money.
It is believed a motive for the City Park Improvement Association was the desire for a great piece of art at the newly created Monteleone Gate at Bayou St. John.
Numerous Documents Exist from 1905 to 1908 including the minutes of CPIA, a Tender Letter they wrote to the BMA in 1905, The Dedication Programs of the Land Ceremony, and the Newspaper accounts of the event.
The Alexander Doyle Statue at Beauregard Circle (1915-2017)
The CPIA Minutes from 1905-1908 report discussions and a passed motion to Tender the Land for Free to the BMA without an expiration date.
Today, City Park leases or tenders land to outside enterprises providing services at the park such as Coffee, Dining, or boat rentals. It is plausible that in 1905, the board "Tendered" meaning to give to lease for free Beauregard Circle to the BMA.
The CPIA minutes are on-line.
1907 CPIA letter to the Monument Association reconfirming the "Tender" of land known as Beauregard Circle by attaching the 1905 letter.
In 1908 a Dedication Ceremony was held to Tender the Land to the BMA
The Newspaper reported the tendering of the Land Ceremony, which was held on Beauregard's 90th birthday.
The Newspaper referred to it as "A Desirable Site"
The statue was removed in 2017 and the pedestal in 2018
The statute now sits in a Emergency Vehicle Repair Yard in New Orleans
Multiple Reporters have asked CPIA who owns the Land, Pedestal, Statue, and Time Capsule that were on Beauregard Circle
In 2015, John Hopper commented on WRNO that City Park could not determined who owned the Circle, the pedestal, the Statue, or the Time Capsule.
In July of 2018, John Hopper the Communication Director of City Park responded that the issue of who owns the Land, Pedestal, Statue, and Time Capsule was a "Complicated Legal and Factual Matter."
It was discovered that City Park spent over $100,000.00 in legal fees with its contract attorney to research the issue.
In August 2018, we filed Public Records Requests asking for a copy of the file and emails discussing the research.
We have been denied the documents. Louisiana has a "Sunshine Law" requiring Public Agencies to produce access to documents in 3 Days per the Public's Right to Know. The reason given was:
Henry Kinney <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sep 25 at 1:38 PM
On behalf of the NOCPIA I respond to your email as follows ( my comments are highlighted.):
NOCPIA does not respond to requests for documents that a staff person may or may not have relied on. That would require a subjective speculative guess.
The NOCPIA board takes its responsibility to adhere to the Louisiana Public Records laws and has done so in the past and will do so in the future.
Henry W. Kinney
Kinney, Ellinghausen & DeShazo
1250 Poydras Street, Suite 2450
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
Six months after a Public Records Request, this email was produced. John Hopper stated on May 23, 2017 that City Park did not own the PGT Beauregard statue.
The Cult of the Lost Cause is proposed to Mitch Landrieu by Bob Becker.
Mitch Landrieu uses this phrase in speeches and in his writings.
Proposed Steamboat Museum in Darrow Louisiana for Statues
20,000 square foot exhibit room at new Steamboat Museum
Bar adjoining exhibit hall
The CPIA minutes are on-line.