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by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press | 

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ent monuments commemorating the pro-slavery Confederate South along some of its busiest streets.

The council’s 6-1 vote on Thursday afternoon allows the city to remove four monuments, including a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has stood at the center of a traffic circle for 131 years.

SEE ALSO: Ole Miss Removes State Flag

The decision to take down the monuments came after months of impassioned debate. Now, the city faces possible lawsuits seeking to keep the monuments where they are.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu first proposed taking down these monuments after police said a white supremacist killed nine parishioners inside the African-American Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina in June.

SEE ALSO: Confederate Flag-Flying Driver Hits 4-Year-Old Black Boy

Anti-Confederate sentiment has grown since then around the country, along with protests against police mistreatment, as embodied by the Black Lives Matter movement.

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