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.

 

Link to Video Informing City Park Improvement Association Board of Documents

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.

 

Link to Interview with Jeff Crouere on Tender of Beauregard Circle

The CPIA minutes are on-line.

Link to City Park Board minutes 1891-1924

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.

To:Bob Becker,Henry Kinney
‎Aug‎ ‎26 at ‎2‎:‎49‎ ‎PM
Public Records Request 18-1003
Any records collected, or organized, or filed, or in the possession of the City Park Staff regarding the transfer of ownership of the Statue of PGT Beauregard statue to the Park or to the City of New Orleans.
Regards,
Charles Marsala

 

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 <hkinney@kinneylaw.com>

To:charles marsala

‎Sep‎ ‎25 at ‎1‎:‎38‎ ‎PM

Mr. Marsala,

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

504.524.0206 (office)

504.525.6216 (fax)

hkinney@kinneylaw.com