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New Orleans mayor calls for removal of 'divisive' monuments

1 year 5 months 1 week ago June 25, 2015 Jun 25, 2015 Thursday, June 25 2015 June 25, 2015 9:07 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is calling for the replacement of "divisive" monuments in the city and wants talks on replacing a monument to Confederate Civil War general, Robert E. Lee.

Landrieu's comments, published on his Twitter feed, came during a meeting on racial reconciliation Wednesday in the city.

Many states in the South are debating whether to take down Confederate symbols in the wake of the shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina.

The mayor said it's time to replace divisive monuments and symbols with ones that reflect the city's unity and hope.

The Robert E. Lee statue stands in the middle of a traffic circle in New Orleans, near popular tourist destinations like the World War II museum.

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