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Confederate Time Capsule Found In New Orleans

Aug 03, 2018 06:28PM ● By Flint Zerangue, Sr.

A time capsule has been uncovered as the result of the removal of a pedestal beneath the bronze statue of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard that once stood near the entrance to City Park in New Orleans.

The Beauregard statue was removed in May and the pedestal demolished in late July, revealing a small 105-year-old copper box that had been placed beneath the monument in 1913, nearly 50 years after the rebel government that had been defeated.

The contents of the Confederate time capsule were carefully examined at the Louisiana State Museum storage facility in the French Quarter on Friday, August 3rd, 2018.

The copper box was filled with tokens of the Confederate period including an antique newspaper, flags, paper currency, and war medals. 

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser was on hand for the unveiling stating, "It's pretty exciting that they had the vision to preserve these things in a capsule for us to be able to look back on history, ...If the money was in good shape, it could exceed hundreds of thousands of dollars in value as well as the flags, if they were able to be restored." 

Photo Source: Monumental Task Committee (New Orleans)

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Confederate Time Capsule Revealed

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