Debate over removal of Confederate monuments stirs passions
NEW ORLEANS - A debate before the City Council to remove prominent Confederate monuments along some of New Orleans' busiest thoroughfares is stirring emotions as supporters on both sides of the issue flock to City Hall.
Before a Thursday meeting on the monuments, a handful of people held Confederate flags in support of the statues while a larger group gathered next to them and held signs demanding removal.
The City Council set aside time to let the public voice feelings over a proposal to remove four monuments linked to Confederate history.
The monuments include imposing statues of Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard, Confederate generals, and a dedication to Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president.
The council has scheduled a vote on the removal plan for next week.