Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Monumental Battles Brew Over Confederate Symbols-- Part 4: New Orleans

Dozens of New Orleanians spoke at hearings and showed the divisive elements of the statue controversy.

Ashley Merlin, author of "Statuesque New Orleans said,  "I urge the city to keep the statues where they are currently located," and said that the city should include interpretive plaques and make the statues a part of a walking tour.

The statues of Lee and of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Judy Reese Morse, deputy mayor for citywide initiatives, criticized the ideology that caused the statues to be erected in the first place:  "By relocating these structures, we have the opportunity to change the narrative from the Lost Cause to the story of the new New Orleans, where a diversity of opinions and people can come together and collectively shape what we are."

--Old Secesh

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