EXCLUSIVE: Historical New Orleans Street Names May Be Next To Go

The purge of history is nowhere near ending anytime soon in New Orleans.

While it is expected for the New Orleans City Council to rule sometime this month on whether or not four Confederate-related monuments should be removed at the request of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, they seem to be eyeing more historical changes as well.

City Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell has formally asked the New Orleans City Planning Commission to review the process of how to change street names in the city that honor particular individuals.

Here’s what Cantrell has official asked:

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Though the City Council has yet to decide on the removal of Lee Circle, PGT Beauregard’s City Park statue, the Jefferson Davis monument and the Battle of Liberty monument, they appear to be moving ahead anyways.

What can residents and concerned citizens suspect next?

If the City Council does approve the removal of the four monuments, it is likely they will also begin renaming street names like ‘Lee Circle,’ ‘Jefferson Davis Parkway,’ and possibly even Catholic-related street names.

Of course all of this would be done at Landrieu’s assertion that these honorary street names, monuments and historical traces are offensive to groups like the NAACP.

A similar effort in St. Bernard Parish was attempted by the local NAACP and ultimately failed after the City Council voted not to change ‘Colonial Blvd.’ to ‘Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.’



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