Forever Lee Circle beads sold out

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
January 30, 2018 - 9:44 am

The group "Forever Lee Circle" says it has sold out of Mardi Gras beads bearing their name and likeness of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

The organizers are affiliated with the R.E. Monumental Association which has fought the removal of Confederate monuments including the Lee statue that New Orleans removed from Lee Circle last year.  The group's site says, "It's important to remember history."

The Association says, "Lee Circle is a central traffic circle in New Orleans, Louisiana, which featured a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee between 1884 and 2017."

The Facebook page administrator told the Southern Poverty Law Center, "I hope the beads serve as a conduit to take the stigma out of southern history... People shouldn’t be afraid to be proud of their heritage."

Charles Marsala with Save Nola Heritage told WWL TV they had about 10,000 of the beads produced.  He says it is not racist, but a reminder that the work in Lee Circle is not finished.  Marsala explained that since the Lee statue was removed nothing has replaced it and the issue has not been addressed, "as to what we are going to do with that area and where the money is going to come from to finish it."

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