Potential removal of statue in East Feliciana Parish delayed for two weeks

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Monday evening, people in Clinton learned they will have to wait to hear the fate of this confederate statue in front of the courthouse in East Feliciana Parish.

“Nothings being done, it’s just a a waste of time,” Edward Matthews said.

Parish leaders were expected to take a vote Monday night, but just before that meeting was scheduled to happen, they announced the meeting was being postponed because they could not fit all the people who wanted to attend.

The public was invited to weigh in on the matter, and while some felt strongly about keeping the statue.

“I do understand that it’s offensive to some people with the statue, I get that, but you know people get offended every day,” Peggy Kirby said. “I get offended, I get offended by the words white privilege.”

“It’s a tribute thats all it is, it’s been there for 100 years, why now?” Eva Cline said.

Others felt differently.

Revering the confederacy has no place in-front of a court of law,”Niles Haymer said. “African Americans come in this court seeking equality and fairness in-front of the law and they have to walk in and see a 30ft tall confederate monument in the entry way of the court house.”

The people turned away say they’ll be back when the police jury revisits the issue.

The date of that next meeting is still up in the air. Parish leaders say it may be the 23rd or the 25th but it depends on the availability of a larger venue.

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