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The New Orleans Artillery Park Memorial Cannon in Washington has been moved

The old Washington Artillery Park Memorial cannon has been removed from Jackson Square. The cannon was removed from its base on Tuesday and will now be located at Jackson Barracks, according to a press release from the City of New Orleans. This comes after the New Orleans City Council voted to rename the park to Oscar Dunn Park on July 1, 2021. According to the council order, they voted to change the park as it is named after the unit Washington Artillery Serviceman of the Confederacy. The order states that the artillery “fought in support of the treasonous insurrection of the Army against the United States from 1861 to 1865.” According to Colonel Kenneth Baily of Jackson Barracks, the gun was delivered Tuesday and is in front of the Jackson Barracks museum. The gun commemorates the Washington Artillery (141st Field Artillery) which was organized in May 1838, according to the National Memorial Registry. The artillery saw service in the Mexican War until World War II. The City of New Orleans released the following statement regarding the cannon: “The French Market Corporation (FMC) has worked for several months with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, Property Management, Parks and Boardwalks and the state National Guard Museum to relocate the cannon atop Oscar Dunn Park in Jackson Barracks.” The city renamed Washington Artillery Park to Oscar Dunn Park last fall, and relocating the cannon and its associated plaques was the first step in the redevelopment of the park. “The CMF, in conjunction with the Office of Cultural Economics, will work to convene a group of stakeholders to plan how best to honor Oscar Dunn at this site.”

The old Washington Artillery Park Memorial cannon has been removed from Jackson Square.

The cannon was removed from its base on Tuesday and will now be located at Jackson Barracks, according to a press release from the City of New Orleans.

This comes after the New Orleans City Council voted to rename the park to Oscar Dunn Park on July 1, 2021.

According to the council order, they voted to change the park because it is named after the Confederacy’s Washington Artillery military unit.

The order states that the artillery “fought in support of the treasonous insurrection of the Army against the United States from 1861 to 1865.”

According to Colonel Kenneth Baily of Jackson Barracks, the gun was delivered Tuesday and is in front of the Jackson Barracks museum.

The gun commemorates the Washington Artillery (141st Field Artillery) which was organized in May 1838, according to the National Memorial Registry.

The artillery saw service in the Mexican War until World War II.

The City of New Orleans released the following statement regarding the cannon:

“The Société du marché français (FMC) has been working for several months with the town hall of cultural economy, property management, parks and promenades and the museum of the national guard of the State to move the cannon from the top of the park Oscar Dunn towards Jackson Barracks.

“The city renamed the park from Washington Artillery Park to Oscar Dunn Park last fall, and moving the gun and its associated plaques was the first step in redesigning the park.

“The CMF, in conjunction with the Office of Cultural Economics, will work to convene a group of stakeholders to plan how best to honor Oscar Dunn at this site.”