NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court ruled Monday three confederate monuments could be removed by the city. Now, the question is what will take their place?
Debby Rolando said she thinks something new should represent New Orleans and the city's culture.
"Anytime I speak to someone who's visiting us the question is always the same,” said Rolando. “'Where do you guys eat? Where's your music? What do the locals do?' So, I think something, especially our music, representation of that would be amazing."
The New Orleans resident said that will paint a more accurate picture of her city.
"It's probably so many people that've done great things for the state of Louisiana that people don't know about that they could put in its place," said Craig Francis.
The monuments honoring former Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T Beauregard are coming down. A U.S. Appeals Court ruled in favor of the City of New Orleans who owns the land. The controversial monuments are set to be removed and stored in a warehouse until the city can find somewhere else to put them.
"I would like to see some of the contemporary freedom fighters from New Orleans, some of the people that changed segregation in the south," said Mikhala Iversen.
Another suggestion was if all else fails - what about a competition?
"Seeing that they're sculptures why not a city-wide contest with the local artists to come up with some kind of contest and come up with a new idea of what to put on top that's a little more fitting," said Don Morrisey.
Some don’t want to see the monuments moved at all. One of the four groups who filed the lawsuit to keep the statues in place doesn’t want to see any removed but they have plans to build more.
The Monumental Task Committee is calling the movement ‘Build em up’, the opposite of the group that wants the statues gone, which is called ‘Take em down.’ The group mentions building monuments in honor of forgotten heroes and historic events.
We reached out to the four groups involved in the suit; The Monumental Task Force, Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Louisiana Landmarks Society and Beauregard Camp No. 130. The only group to reply back was the Foundation for Historical Louisiana who said they would be happy to talk after a board meeting in April.
A spokesperson from the city said bids from contractors for relocating the three statues are due by Monday, April 4 at 2 p.m.
The city is also taking legal action to remove the Liberty Monument.
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