After a townhall-style meeting before the New Orleans Historic Landmark Commission, the 12 person commission has voted to remove Robert E. Lee Circle and the City Park PGT Beauregard monument in a 11-1 vote.
The other Confederacy-related monuments in question, the Jefferson Davis Monument and the Liberty Monument, would not be removed from the city, but rather relocated to another area if the Historic Landmark Commission gets their way.
Residents, and members of the famous ‘Save Our Circle’ group, across the city advocated to not remove any of the statues due to their historical presence and ties to the city of New Orleans.
Another meeting at 6pm tonight will be a similar townhall-style forum, where the New Orleans Human Relations Commission will consider what to do with the monuments.
The issue of the Confederacy-related monuments first came up for public discussion when Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked that all four monuments be removed. The monuments’ removal still need final approval from the New Orleans City Council, which is made up for Democrats.
The Landrieu administration has not consulted with any historians on how to handle the monuments, according to sources close to the Hayride. Also, the removal and relocation of the monuments is expected to cost the city millions.
Follow the Hayride for updates on the 6pm Human Relations Commission vote on the Confederate monuments.