CLINTON, La. (BRPROUD) – After a delay, and weeks of debate, we may soon know the fate of this confederate statue outside the East Feliciana Courthouse.
Tuesday night, a large crowd gathered to give their input on the decision of whether or not to remove the statue.
“This piece of stone that may be offensive to some is precious to me,” one woman said.
“[The statue] needs to go, the fact that we even have to discuss this is appalling,” Larhonda George said.
The statue honors confederate soldiers who died in the civil war and has stood in front of the courthouse for more than 100 years. In 2016, a proposal to remove the statue was denied, but the police jury president says the time for change is now.
“The courthouse square is not a place for the statue,” Louis Kent said.
Some think removing it will be erasing history. They say if it has to get removed it should go somewhere like a museum or the confederate cemetery.
I’m hoping that it will ultimately come up for a vote so all of the residents in the parish [can] decide what to do,” Bill Ford said.
Others say any reminder of a racist past should be taken down immediately.
“[To] anyone who wants to keep it there I would just ask you if somebody raped, kidnapped, and murdered your children tell me where would you want me to hang the statue,” George said.
Now it’s up to the Parish Police Jury to ultimately decide what happens to the statue, and they believe whatever happens, the Parish will get through it.
It’ll work out because we get along real well,” Kent said. “We don’t have a race problem and we’re not going to create one.”
The decision will be made Monday, July 6 at 6pm.