N.O. Mayor Mitch Landrieu Wants City Officials To Remove 4 Confederate Era Statues
The General Robert E. Lee Monument, the General P.G.T. Beauregard Equestrian Statue, the Jefferson Davis Monument and the Liberty Monument (Crescent City White League).
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has called on City officials to begin taking action to remove these four prominent statues and consider replacing them.
"Symbols matter and should reflect who we really are as a people, but times have changed," says Landrieu. "That is not to say that we should forget our history, but there is a time and place to commemorate and learn from our past."
"But with what kind of statues do you replace them with?" you may ask.
"Prominent locations in our city such as Lee Circle ought to reflect the unity, diversity, culture and the wonderful things that bring us together rather than something in our history that has separated us. My Welcome Table New Orleans project as the Mayor is to help lead heartfelt and thoughtful discussion in and amongst our residents so that we all can feel good about making this choice together and stand proudly in front of the rest of the country - one team, one fight, one voice, one city."
The Welcome Table New Orleans is described on its website as "a citywide initiative that focuses on race, reconciliation and community building."