"Local NAACP President Lloyd Thompson says it’s time for the monument to go. He says it’s a symbol of hate and stirs emotions of divisiveness. He’s asking parish leaders to come up with the funding to tear the structure down.
But the monument and the land it sits on are owned by the Daughters of the Confederacy and that group has issued this statement:
"The monument belongs to the Shreveport Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It is on the National Registry of Historical Sites and it will not be moved."
Parish Commissioners say it will cost $300,000 to take down the monument. Thompson is also asking that it be removed from the National Registry of Historic Sites."
This particular monument has special significance in Civil War History, and Southern Heritage. On the grounds of the Caddo Parish court house stands the monument erected in 1902 at the last Confederate Capital, near the spot the last Confederate flag was lowered over land after the end of the war.
It has been a target of groups like the ACLU before, despite it's significance to American history, as well as a representation of a specific period of American Art history.
Regardless of what you views are of this chapter of American history, it is woven into our fabric. You can argue is was an unjust rebellion or justifiable uprising. But what remains as a reminder of it all is not to be destroyed because some opportunist fain offense at the images of America and it's past. If we start down roads such as this, some may not like where it leads.....