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The Circle (formerly Lee Circle)

Lee Cir Central Business District New Orleans


This iconic site has been featured in numerous films including most famously the 2005 Dukes of Hazzard feature film. Though this circle once displayed a statue of Confederacy general Robert E. Lee, it became one of the most highly-contested statue removals in the country. The statue was removed at the behest of the Take 'Em Down movement and then-mayor Mitch Landrieu. The move was considered highly controversial here in New Orleans and around the country, as it was achieved via council decision, and never voted on by the people of New Orleans. 

We recommend avoiding this area after dark, as it has become a favorite spot for the homeless and panhandlers of the city to congregate.

Regardless of whether you view this current site with sadness or joy, we at Guide to NOLA believe that the following statement by Lee himself would probably cover his sentiments on his own statue being removed, were he still around to weigh in on the subject. 



"I am rejoiced that slavery is abolished. I believe it will be greatly for the interests of the South. So fully am I satisified of this, as regards Virginia especially, that I would cheerfully have lost all I have lost by the war, and suffered all I have suffered, to have this objective obtained.” ~Robert E. Lee