Nungesser asks Trump to intervene in NOLA monument controversy

President can declare them "national monuments," Lt. Gov. says

Chris Miller
April 12, 2017 - 4:38 pm

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is appealing to President Donald Trump in an effort to stop the removal of statues of Confederate leaders in New Orleans, WWL-TV reports.

According to the TV station, Nungesser asked President Trump to invoke the Antiquities Act. Nungesser said the 1906 law gave the president authority to declare objects of historic significance as national monuments.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu targeted four monuments in New Orleans for removal after Dylann Roof murdered nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof, awaiting execution for the crime, said he wanted to spark a race war.

After months of hearings and public discussion, the city council voted 6-1 to remove the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle, the P.G.T. Beauregard statue at the entrance to City Park, the Jefferson Davis statue at Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway, and the Liberty Monument at the foot of Iberville Street.

A federal lawsuit to block the city temporarily halted the removal process, until a series of recent federal court rulings went in the city's favor.

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