Commission recommends moving NOLA Confederate monuments
NEW ORLEANS - A city commission recommended Thursday that New Orleans officials move four monuments to Confederate-era leaders from their current locations.
The Historic District Landmark Commission voted to recommend relocating the statue in Lee Circle, the Liberty Monument and statues to both P. T. Beauregard and Jefferson Davis.
The meeting was one of a series of discussions requested by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is in favor of moving the monuments. Supporters of the relocations say the statues and markers to Confederate figures do not represent the majority of the city.
"We cannot deny that the Southern secession was over slavery," said Thomas Schwenk, one of several people who spoke in favor of removing the statues. "The monuments are a defense of slavery."
People in favor of keeping the monuments where they are argued their historical value outweigh those objections, it would cost too much to remove them, and that the city has bigger problems.
More meetings with other commissions are scheduled before a final decision is made.