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New Orleans leaders voted Thursday to remove four Confederate monuments that have lined the city's streets for more than a century.

The city council voted six-to-one in support of taking down the Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee, the Battle of Liberty Place and PGT Beauregard statues. The undertaking is expected to cost $170,000, according to a statement by city officials.

City Council President Jason Williams compared the decision to the cutting of an "umbilical cord" between the city and its pro-slavery past.

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