Lt. Gov. hopes to take ownership of NOLA confederate monuments

May 22, 2017 - 9:30 am
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(WWL.com)

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is hoping his office can take ownership of the four confederate monuments that were taken down in New Orleans. Nungesser is meeting with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu today to try and come to an agreement. He says this is a fight for Louisiana’s history and culture.

“We’ve got so many historical sites, forts, and places around Louisiana that would love to have these displayed to teach people about the history of that era,” Nungesser said.

Nungesser is optimistic Landrieu will let the Office or Tourism, Recreation, and Culture take the monuments, as the mayor has said publicly that’s where they belong. He says it’s a sad day for Louisiana because we didn’t need this right now.

“We should be worried about fixing our streets, fixing the crime problem, educating our children. We’ve got other issues in Louisiana. This didn’t need to happen,” Nungesser said.

It’s unclear where the statues will go, but they could be rehomed in state parks or possibly a new museum. Nungesser is disappointed monuments to Louisiana’s history have been taken down, and he suspects the memorials to the confederate leaders won’t be the last to be removed.

“They will not rest until every name is changed that had anything to do with slavery. So I guess they’ll be going after the Washington Monument and tearing down the White House because it was built with slaves,” Nungesser said

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